Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp.

Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp.

March 13, 2012 17:06 ET

Quantum CEO Renews Calls for U.S. Rare Earths Stockpile; Trade Actions Underscore Need for Strategic Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2012) - While applauding President Obama's announcement that the U.S. is launching a trade action against China on access to rare earth materials, Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp. (TSX VENTURE:QRE)(OTCQX:QREDF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) (www.QuantumRareEarth.com) CEO Peter Dickie said a long-term, strategic plan must be developed to ensure supplies of all vital strategic materials.

"The U.S. action and similar moves by the European Union and Japan are only first steps in a lengthy World Trade Organization process," Dickie said. "Rather than wait for an international bureaucracy, strategic action is needed now by the U.S. to develop domestic stockpiles of rare earths and other vital materials, just as China is reportedly doing to ensure its own economic stability."

While China has been curtailing exports of rare earth elements, they have recently discussed creating large stockpiles of niobium, and Chinese companies have made investments in the largest niobium producer company in Brazil.

Among the top six items on the Materials Risk List 2011 by the British Geological Survey, equally ranked are rare earth elements, and the strategic metal niobium. Quantum's Elk Creek, Nebraska project is host to what the U.S. Geological Survey has repeatedly referred to as "potentially one the largest sources of rare earth elements and niobium", and is the only known primary niobium deposit under development in the U.S.

Currently, worldwide production of niobium is limited to three producers requiring the U.S. to import 100% of its needed supply. Niobium is primarily used to produce high strength, low alloy steel, but also has irreplaceable uses, including high-strength alloys in fighter planes, to create the steel needed for natural gas pipelines, and in the magnets needed for MRI machines.

Quantum's Elk Creek site includes an inferred resource of 80 million tons of 0.62% niobium which equates to approximately 500 million kilograms of niobium. Recent pricing for ferro-niobium is in the range of US$43 per kilogram, slightly below the 2011 peak of US$46 a kilogram. Overall, the world market has been growing in excess of 10% per year for the past decade.

Cautionary note: This news release contains forward looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the completion of an updated resource estimate, the commencement of a preliminary economic assessment study and management's expectation that the results of these studies will confirm the potential of the Elk Creek Project. Specifically, any statements regarding the potential increase of the Company's inferred resource at the Elk Creek Project and the goals and objectives of the Company are by their nature forward looking information. Resource estimates, unless specifically noted, are considered speculative. The Company has filed a National Instrument 43-101 report on the Elk Creek Project. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. By their nature, forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Other factors may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the statements.

Specific risk factors include risks associated with the ability obtain any necessary approvals, waivers, consents and other requirements necessary or desirable to permit or facilitate the development of the Company's properties, risks associated with project development; the need for additional financing; operational risks associated with exploration activities and results, mining and mineral processing; environmental liability claims and insurance; reliance on key personnel; tax consequences; and other risks and uncertainties.

The business of exploring for minerals involves a high degree of risk.

Cautionary Note to US investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

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