Rarefied problems
China Loses Its Grip on Rare Earth Monopoly
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Monopolies including the Government Monopoly all suffer from a disease caused by the lack of the “Feedback of Competition”. It is the “Feedback of Competition” that forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price in free markets. The Hand Wringing over China’s rise is mostly unfounded, as China has a communist party run Government Monopoly which owns much of the economy (this means it’s badly managed). People ignore the fact that the only reason for the rise of China was the foreign investors that came in and built state of the art factories to take advantage of China’s cheap labor. Now that China’s labor is no longer cheap, the factories are dated, and China’s belligerence has raised the risk of investing, foreign investment has crashed. China’s economy will now decay as the “Feedback of Competition” that came with the foreign investors leaves with them.

    • Corlyss

      That ain’t the only disease they suffer from. Rent-seeking is the inevitable result as well.

  • Corlyss

    Gosh! How did the EPA mess up so badly in eliminating another source of US prosperity? I thought they had all the rare earth mines closed down.

  • Sibir_RUS

    Daniel McGroarty. USA
    “How Long Can the U.S. Rely on Russian Titanium?”
    After all, titanium is critical for jetliner fuselage skins like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Not noted in the news reports is that titanium is also must-have metal for advanced military aircraft like Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet. A RAND study notes that the F/A-18 contains “21 percent titanium in its airframe structure.” And that’s just a fraction of the titanium needed for the U.S. defense industrial base, as it takes far more titanium to construct a modern fighter aircraft than is contained in the final product. Defense contractors call it the “buy-to-fly ratio”: how much titanium must be bought versus how much is ultimately built into the aircraft. The titanium Material Buy Weight for a single F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is 30,000 pounds, or 15 tons.
    But the statistic that says most about Boeing and United Technology’s Russian titanium stockpiling is this one: The U.S. is import-dependent for 79 percent of the titanium it consumes each year. Are there other sources for titanium if Putin decides to “counter-sanction” the U.S. and cut off exports?
    http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2014/08/12/how_long_can_the_us_rely_on_russian_titanium.html

  • Sibir_RUS

    Percentage of Titanium in the Structural Weight of Selected Military Aircraft (Page 30)
    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG789.pdf
    http://i.imgur.com/CBSKIBZ.jpg

  • Sibir_RUS

    Aircraft-carrier ‘killers’ to be repaired in Russia
    MOSCOW, March 5 2013 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Navy will refit, modernize and recommission two Sierra class (Project 945) titanium-hull nuclear-powered attack submarines by 2017, the Zvezdochka shipyard said on Tuesday. The Sierra class has a light and strong titanium pressure hull, enabling these boats to dive to depths of up to 550 meters (1800 feet) and enhancing their survivability, as well as having a low magnetic signature.
    Main destination: tracking of strategic submarines and aircraft carrier battle groups of the probable enemy and guaranteed their destruction at the beginning of the conflict
    Armament: Sierra I & II:
    4 × 25.6 in (650 mm) torpedo tubes
    4 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes
    • SS-N-21 Sampson SLCM (200 kt)
    • SS-N-15 Starfish anti submarine weapon: 200 kt depth charge or 90 kg HE Type 40 torpedo
    • SS-N-16 Stallion, 200 kt depth charge or 90 kg HE Type 40 torpedo
    Minelaying configuration: 42 mines instead of torpedoes
    http://i.imgur.com/P2dWtRe.jpg

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