Wa company draws criticism over rare earth plant shortage

By John Schaffhan

17 November 2013

The UK-based company operating a rare earth plant in China that produces more than 500,000 metric tonnes of aluminum a year is under pressure to improve productivity, because Chinese workers don’t have the skills needed to make this high-quality steel. In response, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has denounced the construction of the plant in Zhejiang province 카지노커뮤니티as unnecessary and demanded a review of China’s labor laws.

The plant in Zhejiang’s Dongguan industrial district, built by a joint venture of the Beijing-based state-owned China Steel Group and the Chinese firm Hengang Industries Inc., has suffered a number of setbacks over the past decade, due to its limited capacity and its short supply of workers. The plant, which also serves as the nation’s nickel refiner, has been plagued by long delays, which have resulted in a reduction in quality standards.

China Steel Group (CSG예스 카지노), the country’s largest public company, opened the plant earlier this year, at the height of its production of rare earth components for high-end aerospace and nuclear reactors. Its investment in Dongguan, which accounts for 15 percent of the entire company, is part of an expansion plan for the province, in which China’s mining industry has expanded at its fastest pace since 1995.

But Zhejiang’s economic development minister said in a statement that the plant “does not provide enough steel,” and that the company would have to충주출장마사지 be reworked to cope with a new demand. “The current supply plan [for Dongguan] does not provide enough for the entire factory,” Xin Jiang wrote. “The company is asking for a review to see how it can improve its current supply to meet the needs of the company.”

CSG is only one of several large Chinese businesses involved in the project. Two companies that are engaged in the production of rare earths, Zhejiang Gold Mine and Zhejiang Rare Earth Group Inc., are also based in Zhejiang. The latter also uses foreign workers to help mine the materials, with a staff of about 50 in total. Other Chinese companies involved in the project—including China Steel Group, which has a joint venture with another state-owned company in Zhejiang—are not mentioned in the ministry’s statement, and may even be contributing to the delays.

Last July, the government reported that the company, which currently produces only nickel, ha