Japan-U.S.-Europe trilateral workshop to be held for securing stable supplies of rare earths
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the U.S. Department of Energy, and the European Commission will jointly organize a two-day trilateral workshop in Washington, D.C. on October 4 and 5 for securing stable supplies of rare earths.
Rare earths are indispensable to the future manufacturing of high-tech products because they are used to produce high-performance magnets in motors of hybrid vehicles and wind turbine generators as well as key components of leading-edge information terminals.
The upcoming workshop held in Washington, D.C. will bring together policy-makers and experts in materials technology from Japan, the U.S. and Europe, which are three major sources of demand in the global rare-earth market. Participants will share the understanding of global issues concerning rare-earth supply and discuss strategic efforts to secure stable supplies of rare earths in the future, including alternative technologies and recycling techniques.
2. Workshop overview
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (local time)
Place: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, D.C.
Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., and Mr. Keiichi Kawakami Deputy Director-General of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau
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Mr. David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy
Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, and others
Divisions in Charge
- Nonferrous Metals Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
- Electronics, Materials Technology and Nanotechnology Department, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
October 4, 2011