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IMOA secretary general highlights molybdenum's sustainable credentials


IMOA’s Secretary General, Tim Outteridge, gave a presentation to the Metals for Energy and the Environment Conference in Las Vegas in June, entitled ‘Molybdenum, Sustainability and the Environment’.

Attended by producers, traders, recyclers, end users and others with an interest in the metal and mineral industries, the conference was an important opportunity to raise awareness of how molybdenum contributes to sustainable development.

Starting with a description of molybdenum and some of its key properties, Mr Outteridge outlined the challenges to sustainable development arising from global energy demand, industrialisation and urbanisation.Taking each of these drivers in turn, he demonstrated how the key attributes of molybdenum were being put to use in the development of sustainable practices and technologies.

Molybdenum has a unique combination of properties, making it an important enabler of many sustainable technologies through its use as an alloy and occasionally as a primary component.In different alloys, molybdenum enhances strength, even at high temperatures, maintains toughness, increases durability and provides exceptional resistance to corrosion.Chemically, it is ideal as a catalyst and as a metal its high electrical and thermal conductivity make it suitable for many sustainable uses.

“Molybdenum has an enormous contribution to make to sustainable development and I used the presentation to outline the critical role it plays in many such technologies and applications,” said Mr Outteridge.“In high strength steels, it is used for ‘lightweighting’ cars and trucks and reduces raw material and energy use in construction projects; vehicle engines and power stations run more efficiently at the higher temperatures enabled by moly-containing alloys; and it is used in stainless steel building facades which can reduce or eliminate the need for air conditioning, often the biggest component of energy use in a building.

“Molybdenum has a key role in hydroelectric, wind and solar renewable energy generation and helps to protect the environment through its applications in catalysts for the production of ultra-low sulfur diesel.It is also used in alloys for flue gas desulfurization installations at power stations.

“Molybdenum has a great deal to offer to a world which must rapidly address the challenges of sustainable development.A great many technologies and applications that make a contribution depend on moly, most of which are already in use today, actively contributing to a more sustainable future.”


Notes for editors

‐The International Molybdenum Association (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.IMOA releases quarterly and full-year statistics as part of the services it provides to its members.

‐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.

‐To find out more about molybdenum’s contribution to sustainable development visit:

For more information contact:

Alan Hughes
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