Japan Rare Earths Appoints John O'brien As Head Of Metallurgy

Top Quote Japan Rare Earths, the rare earth mining and recycling company based in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to announce that John O'Brien has joined Japan Rare Earths as Head of Metallurgy. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 29, 2013 - Mr. O'Brien's responsibilities will include the development, implementation and refinement of metallurgic practices within the many teams within Japan Rare Earths' recycling unit.

    Mr. O'Brien will also be heavily involved in the analysis of samples taken from Japan Rare Earths' exploration zone in the Pacific ocean and will take a lead role in the metallurgic processes to be developed as result of the zone's mineral production.

    Mr. O'Brien will report directly to Japan Rare Earths' Chief Operating Officer, Gustavo Gerbasi, who said that "That addition of John to our team is a huge coup for us. He has a reputation for excellence and we are truly excited to see the improvements that he can no doubt bring to many of our processes."

    He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Metallurgical Engineering from MIT. Mr. O'Brien has over 18 years' experience in the mining sector, having worked previously for Alcoa, Barrick and Rio Tinto, amongst others.

    About Japan Rare Earths
    Japan Rare Earths is a rare earth mining and recycling company based in Tokyo, Japan. Japan Rare Earths has a dual operational focus for the extraction of rare earth metals, developing leading edge technologies for both deep sea mineral extraction and recycling of rare earths from end of use applications.

    Japan Rare Earths have negotiated the development and extraction rights for a 3 square kilometer section of rare earth deposits discovered on the Pacific Ocean floor near the uninhabited Japanese island of Minamitorishima, which lies around 1,800 kilometers to the southeast of Tokyo. The deposit, which resides within Japan's exclusive economic zone, is estimated to contain 6.8 million tons of rare earths, enough to meet Japan's growing demand for more than 200 years.

    Japan Rare Earths is also committed to the recovery of previously used rare earth metals and has applied existing and developed new proprietary processes to recycle rare earths from waste products such as energy saving light bulbs, magnets, computers, air conditioners and batteries.

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