Samarium Price Trend and Forecast

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Samarium Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Samarium serve as a crucial component in the manufacturing of powerful magnets used in electronics, particularly in headphones, speakers, and MRI machines. Smaller quantities of samarium are used in nuclear reactors for control rods and in producing specialized glasses and ceramics for optical devices and lasers. Its ability to absorb neutrons makes it valuable in nuclear technology, highlighting its significance across various industries and growing needs in recent times.

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Samarium Price Trends

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The significant shift in the energy production activities and outlook of downstream automotive industries drove the demand for rare earth elements such as samarium. This metal is renowned for its robust magnetic properties crucial for electric vehicle (EV) motors, wind turbines, and cutting-edge devices. This surge in demand created an oversupply of other REEs, causing a discrepancy in prices and market dynamics throughout the third and fourth quarters of 2023.

Consequently, a number of companies, particularly in European countries, were looking for new methodologies of implementation of rare earth metals in advanced automotive products, which proved fruitful for the samarium price trend during the aforementioned period. In addition to this, the sector has gained a significant number of investments which led to the rise in its production activities. Due to these mixed sentiments, the price trajectory of samarium first rose during the early stages of the second half of 2023 but declined due to the challenge of excessive availability by year-end.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Samarium is estimated to be driven by the rise in automotive sales and expanding usage of the metal in many applications.

Samarium Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Samarium have unique magnetic and optical properties and thus have significant industrial applications. It is popularly used in the manufacturing of strong permanent magnets known as samarium-cobalt (SmCo). These magnets are used in motors, sensors, and aerospace technology because of their excellent stability under extreme heat and magnetic fields. The market trend of samarium is, therefore, dependent on the dynamics of automotive and other industrial sectors.

The price trend of samarium and other rare earth metals followed a declining trajectory in the first two quarters of 2023. The main cause of this halt in the growing market dynamics of samarium was its limited demand from the automotive industries around the world. The production of specialized magnets also took a dip, and thus, the prices of samarium found it difficult to sustain and eventually followed a declining trajectory.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the prices of Samarium are estimated to struggle due to a lower number of sales in the automotive and rare earth magnets industries.

Samarium Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

The cost of rare earth metals such as Samarium continued to decrease in the later quarters of 2022. Due to the limited number of new orders that downstream manufacturers got, rare earth oxide and metal inquiries and transactions were both muted. Some of the best factories producing magnetic materials fulfilled only long-term orders and saw no fresh orders thereby, causing the manufacturers to be more selective in their rare earth metal purchases. This affected the Samarium market adversely and as a result, a steady decline in the price trend of Samarium along with other rare earth metals was observed.

On the supply side, the production at rare earth separation facilities was consistent and the supply was steady throughout the quarters. The demand, however, was substantially restrained as a result of manufacturers not receiving enough new orders. The declining demand from the end-user industries and weak buying potential from the buyer’s segment thus led to the decline in the samarium prices.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, given the current market dynamics, the prices of Samarium are expected to decrease in the coming months. The weak demand from the end-user market industries, negligible fresh orders, and weak market dynamics will affect the market severely.

Samarium Price Trend For the First Half of 2022

The prices of rare earth elements are on a continuous rise as the demand rises manifolds compared to the limited supply. China dominates the mining, production, and processing of rare earth elements like samarium thus, any fluctuations in the Chinese market reverberate globally. Samarium is used in energy transitions and magnets required in the EV industry.

The strong robust demand from the EV sector amid the continuing trade bottlenecks and supply uncertainties caused the prices of samarium to inflate globally. The constricted supply lines resulted due to covid related disruptions and expensive logistics. The closure of the border with Myanmar from where China sources 50% of their rare earth elements negatively impacted the price trend for Samarium. The price of samarium metal (99.5% min) averaged 412072.50 USD/MT during the said period.

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Samarium is a well-known chemical element belonging to the lanthanide series of the periodic table. It is a moderately hard silvery metal, which can slowly oxidise in air. Samarium is one of the rare earth metals that is extracted from natural ore materials like mineral monazite and bastnasite. Samarium is the third most volatile lanthanide that comes after ytterbium and europium.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Samarium
Chemical Formula Sm
Industrial Uses Samarium-cobalt magnets, Catalyst and chemical reagent, Optical lasers, Infrared absorbing glass, Neutron absorber, Ceramics and glasses
Molecular Weight 150.4 g/mol
Synonyms 7440-19-9, samarium atom
Supplier Database American Elements, Stanford Advanced Materials, Reade International Corp., ESPI Metals, SkySpring Nanomaterials, Inc.
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Process

  • Production of Samarium via Reduction; via Solvent Extraction Technique, and via Electrolysis

In the reduction process, the oxide of Samarium is reduced with lanthanum. Then, the obtained product is distilled to recover Samarium as a final product, leaving behind lanthanum.


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