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IMOA demonstrates the far-reaching sustainability benefits of molybdenum


Today, IMOA has published a new brochure exploring the wide contribution molybdenum makes to sustainable development. ‘A Sustainable World with Molybdenum’ showcases examples of how molybdenum’s unique properties are being harnessed to generate a wide range of sustainable benefits in many sectors.

The 28-page brochure contains chapters covering molybdenum’s contribution in energy efficiency, low carbon generation, environmental protection and resource conservation. The final chapter demonstrates molybdenum’s positive impacts on quality of life with a range of applications from medical imaging to desalination plants.

Examples are illustrated with case studies in brief and in depth, including summaries of three Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies, which quantify the positive environmental impacts of molybdenum use in automotive lightweighting, construction and fuel desulfurization.

Commenting on the publication, Tim Outteridge, IMOA Secretary-General, said: “Sustainable development is about using the earth’s resources to meet our needs in such a way that the environment is preserved for future generations. Molybdenum plays a part in achieving this goal in a surprising number of applications spanning many different sectors.

“In recent years, we have highlighted these contributions in our broader ‘MoRE FOR LESS’ program, which illustrates the very large impact that a small amount of molybdenum can often make. This brochure brings together these different examples to make a compelling case for the importance of molybdenum’s contribution to global sustainable development,” he added.

The new publication is available to download from the IMOA website.




Notes for editors

IMOA is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of most of the world’s molybdenum producers and converters, as well as consumers and traders. 

Molybdenum is added to steels and cast irons to improve strength, toughness, hardenability and weldability for numerous applications in the automotive, shipbuilding, construction, mining, chemical, oil & gas and energy generation industries.   

In stainless steels and superalloys, it improves corrosion resistance and high-temperature performance and finds uses in many industrial applications.  It is also used in a variety of products from catalysts and lubricants to pigments and paint.


For more information contact:

Alan Hughes
T: +44 (0)1606 852011
M: +44 (0)7759 243969


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