State rare earth testing center to stage in N.China

China's state rare earth product quality supervision and inspection center is expected to stage in Baotou, a city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the sources with the city quality supervision and inspection bureau.

Renowned as the "home of rare earth," Baotou has the world's biggest rare earth mine - Baiyun Erbo Mine - which posses 54.2 percent of the world's total rare earth reserve, and 81.2 percent of the country's total.

A complete industrial system of rare earth has formed in Baotou after four decades of development, making Baotou the country's largest raw material production base of rare earth.

China's largest rare earth research institute and the country's sole rare earth high-tech development zone are both located in Baotou.

Liang Rui, director of the city quality supervision and inspection bureau, said that the new center aims to turn Baotou into China's "rare earth valley".

Source: Xinhua

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