Back in 2018, we wrote a blog post analyzing the global industry of rare earth magnets. Now that it's been a few years, we thought it was time to do an updated industry analysis. The rare earth magnet industry is still rapidly growing in size and complexity like it was in 2018, but it’s growing faster now than ever. This growth is attributed to the shift toward electric vehicles, technological innovations, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles, to name a few. 

Rare Earth Magnet Market Overview 

To start, let’s go over the basics. Rare earth magnets consist of permanent magnets, which are made of alloys of rare earth elements. Even though these magnets are called “rare” there is an abundance of rare earth magnets. Rare earth minerals are called “rare” because it is very unlikely to find them in a pure form — in fact, there are deposits of them all over the world. Because of their properties, abundance, and wide range of uses, the rare earth magnet industry is rapidly growing. By the end of 2021, the global market is projected to reach 5.3 billion and reach 9.6 billion by 2026.

According to Global Market Insights, rare earth minerals will be used in many upcoming industries due to the “growing product demand across Asia-Pacific, increasing adoption of magnets, and the global shift towards clean energy.” Because of this, rare earth minerals will monopolize 25% of the minerals produced. 

In terms of market share, China dominates the rare earth minerals market. By importing rare earth minerals and producing them, China has maintained its position as a top producer. To see the top players in the market, click here.

Here are the top ways neodymium and samarium-cobalt magnets are being used (and will continue to be used):

Neodymium Magnets

  • Automobile
  • Electronics
  • Power Generators
  • Medical Industry
  • Wind Power

Samarium Cobalt Magnets

  • Defense
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Medical Devices

As you can see, rare earth magnets have a wide range of revolutionary uses. Now, let’s dive into a few industries. 

Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Outlook

Thanks to neodymium magnets, electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles are expected to continue to grow tremendously. According to IHS Markit, “global sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and other EVs are expected to have reached nearly 2.5 million in 2020, and then rise by about 70% in 2021.” Additionally, IHS Markit states that “Global sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and other EVs are expected to have reached nearly 2.5 million in 2020, according to IHS Markit, and then rise by about 70% in 2021.” The industry’s rapid growth is influenced by the overall shift toward clean, sustainable energy as well as the increase in automation. Furthermore, due to COVID-19, many countries are planning to make large investments in electric vehicle charging stations to help with economic recovery. For instance, China is investing $378 million in charging infrastructure to help with economic recovery.

According to Deloitte, there will be a significant volume of electric vehicles produced in 2030 and the EV outlook is strong. This is based on four factors, according to the firm: consumer sentiment toward battery-powered electric vehicles, policy and regulation geared toward a transition to EVs, OEM’s making major commitments toward EVs, and corporations supporting the transition to electric vehicles. 

Autonomous Vehicles 

Similar to electric vehicles, self-driving cars are revolutionizing the automobile industry. This is because of the abundance of neodymium magnets driving these innovations. Even in small ways, magnets are helping the industry grow. For instance, in order for Volvo to test their autonomous vehicles, they placed disc magnets underneath the surface of the road, creating an invisible railway that would pull the car along. These road magnets would add some reassurance and helpful guidance to a self-driving car or truck by ensuring accurate and reliable positioning.

Currently, there are no fully operating self-driving cars; however, car companies such as Volvo have been testing autonomous vehicles. Tesla has self-driving features in its vehicles. Even though there are no fully operating autonomous vehicles, we are expected to see rapid growth of them between now and 2030. By 2030, autonomous vehicles will be partially autonomous, meaning that they will have the ability to interpret sensory data to detect things like signboards, traffic patterns, and avoid collision pathways. And to become fully autonomous, they need to address many issues including data security and protection from cyber-attacks before they can be rolled out to a broad consumer base. According to research, if these issues are resolved in the near future, we could see this market reaching an estimated $60 billion by 2030.

Artificial Intelligence 

One other major industry where rare earth magnets are helping the overall market growth is artificial intelligence. According to Investopedia, artificial intelligence is defined as the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions.” 

Recent research from Purdue University has shown that magnets can be used to create brain-like networks in machines. The brain-like networks that improve AI efficiency can teach the machine to better generalize about different objects. The researchers explained it as: “it is easy to train a robot to create a shopping list, but what about teaching the robot to quickly and easily differentiate between the thousands of products in the store?” This allows the computer brain to not only store information but also generalize well about objects and then make inferences to perform better at distinguishing between objects.

According to Grand View Research, the artificial intelligence market is valued at “USD 62.35 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40.2% from 2021 to 2028.” This is because AI is incorporated into a wide range of industries such as technology, healthcare, automotive, and more. By using magnets to improve artificial intelligence efficiency, the rare earth magnet is expected to have continual growth. 

Purchase Apex Magnets today!

At Apex Magnets, we sell a wide range of rare earth magnets that can be applied to various industrial settings. We sell neodymium discs, spheres, blocks, hooks, adhesives, and much more!

Visit our website today to purchase. If you are looking for a specific magnet, we also offer custom magnets!  All you have to do is fill out our custom magnet request form and we’ll review your RFQ within 1-2 business days for FREE. If you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1.304.257.1193 or send us an email

To learn how to get your custom order fast, click here. Also, check out our latest blog post about the prices of raw materials.