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The history of rare earth processing in the North West of England

Ian Higgins, Managing Director of Less Common Metals Ltd, takes us back in time to life before LCM.

When, in the late 1950s, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s Harwell laboratory was developing ways to process monazite, a brown phosphate mineral, few could have predicted that research would lead to the establishment of a long standing and highly successful rare earth processing industry in the North West of England.

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