Lynas Corp Ltd will follow the Malaysian government’s order to extend restrictions on movement until 14 April by continuing to halt production at its Malaysia plant. The initial Movement Control Order was announced on 23 March, and was supposed to last for two weeks.
The rare earths producer is continuously assessing the effects of the shutdown on the essential supply chains to which it contributes. This includes the use of Lynas Malaysia’s products in permanent magnets used in medical devices including ventilators, and in lanthanum products used in oil refineries for petroleum production.
“At all times during the period the Lynas Malaysia plant is in care and maintenance and after the Lynas Malaysia plant resumes production, our number-one priority will continue to be the health and safety of our people and our local communities,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to follow all guidelines of the Malaysian government, including the Ministry of Health, and we are proud of our long track record of safe and compliant operations. “
When the initial shutdown period was announced, Lynas was already prudently planning for the possibility of a longer shutdown. The company retained some work-in-progress inventory that would allow it to ramp up quickly upon restart. Additionally, Lynas’ Mt Weld facility in Western Australia continues to operate with essential staff and with health and hygiene precautions in line with government guidelines.