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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

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.

The Astounding Rise of Western Rare Earth Extraction: Jack Lifton (9/18/12) Got a rare earth deposit? Great. Got a mine? Even better. But do you have a processing plant? No? That could be a problem. The market doesn't understand how complex and expensive solid-phase rare earth extraction can be, but Metals Consultant Jack Lifton is here to put it into layman's terms in this exclusive interview with The Critical Metals Report. Lifton discusses processing innovations from North America, Germany and India that are changing the cost picture. He even names some companies that could see huge changes in their bottom lines in the coming years.

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Recent Quotes

"I urge juniors with polymetallic deposits to emulate ALK's business model." (7/9/13) Alkane Resources Ltd. - The Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton Moreá>

"GWG's acquisition of Less Common Metals is an example of sensible vertical integration." (7/9/13) Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. - The Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton Moreá>

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

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

"GWG should be up and running by the end of next year. Its process will produce up to 34t a year of dysprosium." (9/18/12) Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. - The Critical Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton Moreá>

"ORT should be able to produce tons of dysprosium, terbium and the like just as a byproduct of its alumina refinement." (9/18/12) Orbite Aluminae Inc. - The Critical Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton Moreá>

"RES has a large second rare earth deposit near its in-development Bear Lodge property." (9/18/12) Rare Element Resources Ltd. - The Critical Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton Moreá>

"UCU is able remove uranium and thorium from its ore at the mine. This is an extremely significant announcement." (9/18/12) Ucore Rare Metals Inc. - The Critical Metals Report Interview with Jack Lifton Moreá>



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