Currently he joined LYNAS Australia in Oct. 2013, a major Rare Earth producer as COO of the group. Rare Earth products are a major component for batteries, e-motors and magnets in the automotive industry In June 2006, Jean-Claude Steinmetz was appointed Rhodia Vice President, Automotive and Transportation Markets. Steinmetz joined Rhodia in 1999 as President of Rhodia’s Engineering Plastics business. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Rhodia’s Engineering Plastics and Industrial Yarns Strategic Business Unit. Until 1999, Steinmetz spent five years with GE Lighting - Europe as a general manager responsible for programs in the United Kingdom and Hungary and as managing director of Lindner/GE Lighting. From 1984-1994, Steinmetz held a range of management posts at GE Plastics - Europe including Manager of Automotive Programs, France and Spain; Marketing Director, and later Commercial Director of GE Structured Products. Jean-Claude Steinmetz holds both BSc. in Chemical Engineering and MSc. degrees in Industrial Management from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.