Dependence on strategic metals: what solutions for the economy?

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Dependence on strategic metals: what solutions for the economy?
Type of text :
Opinion
Type of referral :
Own initiative
Working group :
section for economic activities
Date d'adoption
Date adopted : 01/22/2019
Rapporteur(s) :
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Philippe SAINT-AUBIN
Overview
Présentation

Ignored for a long time, France's dependence on metals - which are for the most part imported - has come back to our companies' attention during successive crises, brought about by a geostrategic context that is driving tensions on certain markets: rare earth metals, cobalt and aluminium. Such crises look set to become much more common as global demand increases in step with population growth and rising living standards. And yet, many sectors of French industry rely heavily on some of these metals, not least tungsten, cobalt, antimony and certain rare earth metals.