Metso Corporate Newsroom News 2013 Outotec arranged a sustainability seminar for Rare Earth Element producers in China
Press release November 18, 2013

Outotec arranged a sustainability seminar for Rare Earth Element producers in China


Outotec arranged a sustainability seminar for Rare Earth Element producers in China

Outotec and China's Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA) convened a sustainability seminar for 60 principal Chinese Rare Earth Elements (REE) producers and associated research institutes in Nanchang, China, on November 12, 2013.

The seminar discussed the environmental challenges of REE production, and possibilities to improve productivity through environmentally sound solutions. Presentations covered process operations, such as gas cleaning, water treatment, and tailings management and emphasized resource efficiency. In addition, modeling, simulation and process control were discussed in the seminar.

China is the largest REE producer in the world and finds it necessary to reduce their pollution to the environment. "Outotec provides environmentally sound process solutions and Best Available Techniques (BAT) by European Union definition to the non-ferrous metals producers of China. CNIA and its industry have an ongoing long tradition in collaboration with Outotec. Therefore, Outotec was the natural partner to arrange this joint seminar for REE producers and their research institutes to explore sustainable solutions. The Chinese government is increasingly exerting pressure to reduce the environmental impact of REE production and we need modern solutions to improve the competitiveness of REE producers," says Professor Pan Wenju, Vice President of CNIA.

"This seminar clearly shows the readiness and willingness of REE producers in China to reduce their environmental impact by modernizing the industry. The emission control systems and solutions to manage solid, liquid, and gaseous effluents were discussed in depth in the seminar. The open dialogue with the producers showed that the Chinese REE industry recognizes the environmental challenges and embraces the technologies available to solve the issues. The seminar also enabled Outotec to establish direct contacts with REE producers," says Dr. Kari Knuutila, Chief Technology Officer of Outotec. Further detailed discussions are already planned on specific issues at various REE production sites to continue this collaboration.

For further information please contact:


Kari Knuutila, Chief Technology Officer
Tel. +358 20 529 2009, +358 40 779 9566

Eila Paatela, Director - Corporate Communications
Tel. +358 20 529 2004, mobile +358 400 817198


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China's Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA), based in Beijing, China, is a national non-profit, industrial economic social organization which is constituted voluntarily by over 1,000 Chinese enterprises, institutions and social communities of the nonferrous metals sector.