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MP Materials Awarded $58.5 Million to Advance U.S. Rare Earth Magnet Manufacturing

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–


Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets are the world’s most powerful and efficient permanent magnets. They are an indispensable component found in the electric motors and generators that power hybrid and electric vehicles, robots, wind turbines, drones, electronics, and critical defense systems. Global demand is expected to triple by 2035.

MP Materials began constructing its Fort Worth, Texas, manufacturing facility in April 2022. The company is currently producing magnet precursor materials in a North American pilot facility. It expects to commence commercial production of precursor materials in Fort Worth this summer and finished magnets by late 2025. MP will supply these products to General Motors, its foundational customer, to support its North American EV production.

MP will source the factory’s raw material inputs from Mountain Pass, California, where MP owns and operates America’s only scaled and operational rare earth mine and separations facility. At the factory, NdPr oxide produced at Mountain Pass will be reduced to NdPr metal and converted to NdFeB alloy and finished magnets, delivering an end-to-end supply chain with integrated recycling and world-class sustainability.

According to a Section 232 investigation completed by the Department of Commerce in 2022, sintered NdFeB magnets are “required for critical infrastructure” and “irreplaceable in key defense applications,” yet the U.S. is “essentially one hundred percent dependent on imports,” posing a serious national security risk. More than 90% of the world’s NdFeB magnets are produced in China.

About MP Materials

MP Materials (NYSE: MP) produces specialty materials that are vital inputs for electrification and other advanced technologies. MP’s Mountain Pass facility is America’s only scaled rare earth production source. The company is currently expanding its manufacturing operations downstream to provide a full supply chain solution from materials to magnetics. More information is available at https://mpmaterials.com/.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that are not historical facts and are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “will,” “target,” or similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s receipt of the award pursuant to the Section 48C Advanced Energy Project. Accordingly, the Company cautions that the forward-looking statements contained herein are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including timing and unexpected delays in obtaining the award, the Company’s ability to complete the necessary steps to obtain the award (including submitting any required documentation), risks related to the Company’s business strategy and the timing of achieving expected business milestones, and those risk factors discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

If any of these risks materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur.

Contacts

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IR@mpmaterials.com

Media:

Matt Sloustcher

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