Sector Expert: Jack Lifton

Jack Lifton - Metals Consultant

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Jack Lifton is an independent consultant and commentator, focusing on market fundamentals and future end-use trends of the rare metals. He specializes in sourcing nonferrous strategic metals and due diligence studies of businesses in that space. He has more than 50 years of experience in the global OEM automotive, heavy equipment, electrical and electronic, mining, smelting and refining industries.



Recent Interviews

Jack Lifton Says Innovation Is the Key to REE Independence (11/11/14)
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China's geology, cost structure and disregard for environmental degradation have led to rare earth world domination. But the landscape is changing. In this interview with The Mining Report, industry expert Jack Lifton shares his vision for a world where centralized modern processing could make it possible for mining companies in the United States, Europe and Australia to start producing truly critical materials with small capex.

A Radical Solution for the Rare Earth Supply Crunch: Jack Lifton (7/9/13)

Iron miners don't make cars, so why should rare earth miners make magnets? According to longtime rare earth expert/consultant Jack Lifton, "mine to magnet" vertical integration strategies are little more than pie in the sky schemes. But Lifton just might have the perfect solution for the world's rare earth element supply problems. In this interview with The Metals Report, Lifton tells us how a non-Chinese international rare earth toll refinery would get separated rare earths downstream more efficiently, while simplifying miners' business plans. Find out which companies could be part of the solution.

Recycling, Not Mining, Is the Future for Securing Immediate Platinum Group Metal Supply (3/12/13)

The biggest new source for platinum group metals just might be what Jack Lifton calls "the rubber tire mine." Noting that removing the catalytic converter from a car's emission system produces a rate of return that rivals the production rates of the South African platinum giants, Byron King agrees that recycling is the wave of the future for platinum, palladium and rhodium. Welcome to the 21st centuryŚfind out how to play it in this Metals Report interview.

Recent Quotes

"ALK has an offtake for its REEs."

The Mining Report Interview with Jack Lifton (11/11/14)
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"NRE may be the lowest cost mine of all to bring to production."

The Mining Report Interview with Jack Lifton (11/11/14)
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"NTU has a deposit of xenotime, the most desirable HREE."

The Gold Report Interview with Jack Lifton (11/11/14)
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"I urge juniors with polymetallic deposits to emulate ALK's business model."

The Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton (7/9/13)
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"GWG's acquisition of Less Common Metals is an example of sensible vertical integration."

The Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton (7/9/13)
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"ORT's planned processing facility could be a benchmark for low-cost REE separation."

The Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton (7/9/13)
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"There is a strong possibility that TSM could sell HREE concentrates to China for processing inside the country."

The Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton (7/9/13)
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"GWG should be up and running by the end of next year. Its process will produce up to 34t a year of dysprosium."

The Critical Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton (9/18/12)
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