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About Us

The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) was founded in 1989 and is registered under Belgian law as a non-profit trade association (ASBL) with scientific purposes. We currently represent around 95% of mine production and almost all conversion capacity outside China. We also represent some mining and conversion capacity within China.

Our proactive market development program is designed to raise the profile of molybdenum and promote its applications in alloys amongst fabricators, engineers, designers and material specifiers. We host dedicated workshops and training events, provide technical consultancy, publish technical brochures, case studies and newsletters, and maintain a comprehensive, informative website. We work to communicate the positive role that molybdenum plays in many sustainable applications and we sponsor research to discover and develop new or expanded end uses. We also work closely with other trade associations and cooperate with allied organizations to encourage the greater use of molybdenum in a wide range of products and applications.

A dedicated Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Executive maintains a watching brief over developing regulatory proposals concerning molybdenum in the environment and its effects on human health. The HSE Executive coordinates industry-wide responses to regulation where necessary, drawing upon existing literature and commissioning research and testing where data gaps exist.  All studies are submitted for peer-reviewed publication in technical journals, providing rigorous evidence in support of appropriate regulation. We have developed an OECD-endorsed extensive environmental effects dataset for highly soluble molybdenum salts, which is available to members and which we use to support our discussions with regulators.

IMOA established the Molybdenum Consortium that carried out a comprehensive program of hazard identification and risk assessment for molybdenum, culminating in the successful registration of 12 molybdenum substances as required by EU REACH legislation. It periodically updates the technical dossiers that are the core of each registration, and interacts with the European Chemicals Agency to ensure continued compliance.

Our Annual General Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of the global industry, and offers unparalleled networking opportunities along with presentations from leading experts on current industry trends.

We collate and publish global molybdenum production and use statistics and maintain a comprehensive end use analysis of molybdenum, across the main industrial sectors, for our members.

Competition laws are strictly observed under guidance from Counsel.

As a non-profit trade association, membership of IMOA is extremely cost-effective, giving full access to our valuable market development and HSE activities at a fraction of the cost of acting individually. The current subscription for membership is US$8,500 per annum. Producers and converters pay additional contributions based on production.

To apply for membership download this form.


IMOA Prospectus – discover the benefits of IMOA membership

IMOA Membership Prospectus

IMOA Annual Review

IMOA Annual Review 2022/2023
IMOA Annual Review 2021/2022
IMOA Annual Review 2020/2021
IMOA Annual Review 2019/2020
IMOA Annual Review 2018/2019
IMOA Annual Review 2017/2018
IMOA Annual Review 2016/2017
IMOA Annual Review 2015/2016
IMOA Annual Review 2014/2015
IMOA Annual Review 2013/2014
IMOA Annual Review 2012/2013
IMOA Annual Review 2011/2012
released in 2012
IMOA Annual Review 2010/2011
released in 2011
IMOA Annual Review 2009/2010
released in 2010