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Rare Earth

Industry Overview:

Rare earth elements have been called “the seeds of technology”, and they live up to this title. Although technology would not be impossible without these seventeen elements, it would certainly not be what it is today: rare earth elements allow us to make electronics smaller, faster, lighter, and more durable. Most importantly, perhaps, they reduce emissions and energy consumption. Technology would be possible without these metals, but green technology would not. Rare earth is utilized in solar panels, wind turbines, and the rechargeable batteries found in cell phones, laptops, and hybrid cars.

Although these elements are not actually rare in nature, they are difficult to separate from one another, are not usually found in large concentrations, and are often found alongside radioactive elements that make them dangerous to extract. The largest challenge to the supply of rare earth, however, is geopolitical, with China having delicately crafted a monopoly on the market over the last couple of decades, causing the rest if the world to drive innovation to meet the demands for these elements.

Common Applications:

  • Separation process
  • Alternatives
  • Catalysts
  • Synthesis and analysis


With almost 35 years as a top chemical industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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