JL Mag has fired up the sintering furnaces at Baotou, its second production location in China. The company is expecting to reach an output of 8,000 metric tons of high-grade neodymium magnets this year at the new environmentally conscious and highly automated plant.
The entire building complex is equipped with solar panels on the roof while the remaining energy is sourced from a windpower farm nearby, enabling the company to claim the magnets are produced with 100% sustainable energy. Upon completion, the plant is expected to have a capacity of 12,000 tons per year. The focus will be on products for renewable energy and consumer electronics.
Headquartered in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province in southwestern China, JL Mag’s main site covers an area of 284 acres housing a full process and production operation for rare earth magnets with an annual output of 15,000 tons. At Baotou, a main source area of light rare earths, the new plant is designed as an environmentally friendly smart factory on a large scale that features advanced automation and intelligent technology. With completing the first phase of the Baotou Plant, JL MAG will reach a total production capacity of 23,000 tons. Meanwhile, says, the company, it also plans to build a factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, another area with extensive rare earth permanent magnet industries and abundant resources.