National Engineering Research Center for Rare Earth Materials
Chinese

Introduction
General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals (GRINM) is one of the oldest institutes in the research and development on rare earth (RE) in China,started the work in 1958. GRINM has transferred many advanced rare earth techniques to the companies and factories all over China. GRINM has made great contributions to the foundation of rare earth industry in China, several large rare earth enterprises were built up based on the techniques developed by GRINM.

In 1995, with the authorization by the State Development Planning Commission and the loan of $3 million from the World Bank, National Engineering Research Center for Rare Earth Materials (CREM) was built up
based on the Department of Rare Earth in GRINM. In 1999, the research fields of CREM were greatly enlarged through the join of the National Rare Earth Center for Agriculture Development, which was founded in 1984. In the past 40 years, CREM and the former Rare Earth Department have successfully accomplished more than 200 important projects, obtained more than 80 awards from the State or Ministries, applied 20 patents. CREM has 80 employees, including: 1 member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 11 professors, 14 senior engineers, 24 engineers and technicians, while 2 employees were postdoctoral researchers, 3 obtained doctor degrees and 11 obtained master degrees.

CREM is mainly engaged in the research and development of rare earth ore decomposition and purification, high purity rare earth compounds, rare earth metals and alloys, rare earth luminescent materials, rare earth magnetic materials, rare earth materials for agriculture development and other functional materials. Two special labs were set up: the lab of high purity rare earth compounds and the lab of rare earth metals and functional materials. Five production lines with certified ISO9001 Quality System Assessment were built up: rare earth metals and alloys, rare earth magnetic materials, rare earth luminescent materials, rare earth compounds and rare earth materials for agriculture development. Most of the products are exported to Japan, Europe and America.

The mission of CREM is to conduct scientific research, technical development, hi-tech production and consulting service for strengthening the competitive position of China's rare earth materials. CREM hopes to cooperate with different institutes and companies related with rare earth in various ways, to form a world famous research and production foundation of rare earth materials, to fulfill the changing of rare earth productions to hi-tech advance materials, to obtain economic advantage from the resource advantage.

 

 

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