Rare earths are the 17 elements of the periodic table of elements that the public usually does not know and yet are essential today to a very large number of consumer products and capital goods, from Ipod to wind turbines through lighters or hybrid cars.
China holds a virtual monopoly of production and by using its soft power, gets from other countries that whole sections of industries to be relocated on its territory, with the problems of technology transfer and jobs that this incurs.
The European Union has practically no rare earths, however we would have the opportunity to both become a major player and capitalize on a unique heritage. After an inventory of forces and geopolitical issues, the book gives a prospective view of what can become a new Airbus or the European space program, a driving force for the future of European industry.
|Key words: terres rares, livre, monopole, Chine, high-tech, néodyme, praséodyme, erbium, lanthane, cérium, lutétium, terbium, ytterbium, thulium, holmium, samarium, gadolinium, prométhium, yttrium, scandium, europium, dysprosium, Chine, géopolitique, enjeux, pollution, recyclage terres rares, Molycorp, Lynas, Rhodia, plainte OMC,|