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Molybdenum – an essential element in everyday life


IMOA has launched a new website area and supporting brochure exploring how molybdenum supports life on earth. Molybdenum is a naturally occurring element found all around us and within humans, animals and plants. In common with a handful of other elements, it is also essential – meaning that life cannot be sustained without it.

‘Molybdenum – Essential for Life’ examines molybdenum’s role in sustaining life, its availability in natural sources, recommended dietary allowances and how it is used in applications as diverse as agriculture and medicine.

Commenting on the initiative, Tim Outteridge, IMOA Secretary-General, said: “We believe that the role molybdenum plays in sustaining life is not widely known. We’ve developed new content for the website and an accompanying downloadable brochure to help tell the story about molybdenum’s essentiality for human, plant and animal life.

“The material has been developed with the support of industry experts and is supported by fully referenced scientific sources,” he added.

The new essentiality area and brochure can be found on 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
M: +44 (0)7759 243969


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