Rare Earth Metals Market

Rare Earth Metals Market: North America Projected to Register Significant Growth over the Forecast Period: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026

Asia Pacific Excluding Japan accounted for significant market share among all regions in 2016

Asia Pacific Excluding Japan is expected to register faster growth among all other regions in the global rare earth metals market. The region is projected to strengthen its market value share from a little more than 70% in 2016 to almost 77% by the end of 2026, recording a massive gain of 640 BPS between 2016 and 2026. China followed by India is the leading consumer of rare earth metals. The rare earth metals market in the APEJ region is forecast to expand at a robust CAGR of 9.4% during 2016- 2026 and is likely to be valued at more than US$ 5,600 Mn by the end of 2026. The APEJ region is projected to create incremental $ opportunity of more than US$ 3,300 Mn between 2016 and 2026. APEJ is expected to be a relatively attractive region in the rare earth metals market during the forecast period and is likely to incline towards high value–high growth.

Rising demand for hybrid and electric vehicles likely to fuel the growth of the rare earth metals market in the APEJ region

Rising demand for rare earth metals from various end-use industries in countries such as China and India is anticipated to drive the rare earth metals market in the APEJ region. Rapid industrialisation, rising GDP and increasing family income propel the demand for automobile and electronics, which in turn boosts demand for rare earth metals in the region. The growth of end-use industries such as automotive, green energy and electronics especially in China, South Korea and India is expected to drive the growth of the rare earth metals market in the region over the forecast period. Also, demand for rare earth metals is expected to be bolstered by rising demand from various applications such as metallurgy and alloys, polishing, phosphors, ceramics defence among others.

The renewable energy industry is one of the primary end-use industries in APEJ for rare earth metals. Permanent magnets produced from rare earth metals such as neodymium and dysprosium are widely used in wind turbines. A steady growth in the installation of wind turbines is expected to drive the growth of the rare earth metals market during the forecast period in APEJ. Another key end-use industry for rare earth metals is the electric vehicles industry, which is witnessing a robust growth in the APEJ region, especially in China. Here, rare earth metals find application in batteries that power these electric vehicles. The anticipated robust growth in the global electric and hybrid vehicles market is expected to in turn drive the growth of the rare earth metals market in the APEJ region during the period of assessment.

Rare earth metals play a crucial role across a gamut of high growth potential industries. As such, demand for these has witnessed a steady growth over the past few years. This, coupled with attractive revenue generation has prompted the entry of several market participants in China and other APEJ countries during the past decade. The majority of the consumers of rare earth metals are dependent on Chinese rare earth output, which is boosting the China market for rare earth metals.

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Neodymium is projected to lead the rare earth metals market over the forecast period in the APEJ region

In APEJ, the Neodymium segment is projected to gain a massive 270 basis points in market share by 2026 as compared to that in 2016. The Neodymium segment in the APEJ rare earth metals market is projected to increase 2.8X and be valued at more than US$ 2,200 Mn by the end of 2026. This segment is estimated to create about 42% of the incremental $ opportunity in the APEJ rare earth metals market by the end of 2026.

India, South Korea and China are expected to provide significant opportunities in the rare earth metals market over the coming years. North America, Japan and Asia Pacific are projected to remain the key regions in the global rare earth metals market throughout the forecast period. In a new publication titled “Rare Earth Metals Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016–2026,” the analysts of Future Market Insights have indicated that leading players in the global rare earth metals market are focussing on strategic mergers and acquisitions with other players in the market in order to increase their global reach and enhance their product offerings. We have differentiated the strategies of the manufacturers in the market and observed that long-term partnerships with suppliers is necessary to narrow down the demand-supply gap. Manufacturers are focussing on product development and innovation strategy.

Report Description

The report begins with the market definition. The market dynamics section includes Future Market Insight’s analysis of key trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities and macro-economic factors influencing the growth of the global rare earth metals market. The report analyses the market on the basis of application and metal type and presents a forecast by value for the next 10 years. The global rare earth metals market has been analysed in terms of basis point share (BPS) to understand segmental contribution to overall market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identifying various key trends in the global rare earth metals market.

A competitive landscape has been included in the report to provide a dashboard view of key companies operating in the global rare earth metals market. This section is primarily designed to provide clients with an objective and detailed comparative assessment of key providers specific to a market segment in the global rare earth metals market as well as the potential players. This section also includes market strategies and SWOT analysis of the main players operating in the global rare earth metals market. Detailed profiles of rare earth metals manufacturers are also included in the scope of the report to evaluate their long- and short-term business and growth strategies.

The report also highlights the consumption of primary rare earth metals across the globe. Weighted Average Selling Price (ASP) has been considered to deduce market values. Top-down approach has been used to assess market numbers for each product category. Bottom-up approach has been used to counter validate the market estimations. Macro-economic indicators such as GDP and industrial production index have been considered while forecasting market numbers.

Market Segmentation

By Application

By Metal Type

By Region

  • Catalysts
  • Permanent Magnets

  • Metallurgy & Alloys

  • Polishing

  • Glass

  • Phosphors

  • Ceramics

  • Others (Fertilizers, Pigments, Defence etc.)

  • Neodymium

  • Yttrium

  • Dysprosium

  • Terbium

  • Europium

  • Cerium

  • Lanthanum

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Western Europe

  • Eastern Europe

  • Asia Pacific Excl. Japan

  • Japan

  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)


Research Methodology

We have considered Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth to understand the predictability of the market and to identify growth opportunities for companies operating in the global rare earth metals market. Another key feature of this report is the analysis of key segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. This is usually overlooked while forecasting the market. However, absolute dollar opportunity is critical for assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a sales and delivery perspective. To understand key segments in terms of their growth and performance in the global rare earth metals market, Future Market Insights has developed a market attractiveness index to help providers identify existing market opportunities.

A number of primary and secondary sources have been consulted during the course of this study. Secondary sources include Factiva, World Bank, and Hoover’s. Companies’ annual reports and publications have also been examined while drafting this report. Market size and forecast for each segment have been provided in the context of global and regional markets. The global rare earth metals market has been analysed based on anticipated market demand. Prices considered for the calculation of revenue include average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional rare earth metals manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. All key end users have been considered and potential applications have been estimated on the basis of secondary sources and feedback from primary respondents. Regional demand patterns have been considered while estimating the market for various end users of rare earth metals across different regions.