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IMOA reviews a successful year on members’ behalf


The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has published its Annual Review for 2011/12, outlining the progress made against its strategic plan and highlighting notable achievements during the past year.

Tim Outteridge, Secretary-General, said: “We have had an exceptionally productive year and I am very pleased with the progress we have made on behalf of our membership in several key areas.

“Since achieving registration of eleven molybdenum substances, our REACH Molybdenum Consortium (MoCon) has continued work on a number of important follow-on projects in readiness for the first update of the risk assessment dossiers, whilst our HSE Committee has been busy working to support reasonable regulation in moly-related technical dialogues in several countries.

“IMOA’s Market Development team and Committee continue to promote the use of molybdenum worldwide, with high strength low alloy (HSLA) steel, dual-phase automotive steel, engineering steel and stainless steel being areas of particular focus over the last year.”

The review also details IMOA’s sponsored research programs, designed to evaluate the beneficial effects of molybdenum and to encourage its wider use in different grades and applications.Six alloy and stainless steel research projects were active over the last year, with two market research projects on molybdenum scrap use and availability and molybdenum in stainless steel stocks and flows also commissioned.

In recognition of the increasing importance of sustainability criteria in materials specification and selection, IMOA has continued its activity to highlight molybdenum’s unique contribution.A new sustainable development information area has been launched on the website, entitled ‘MoRE FOR LESS’, which showcases examples of sustainable applications. A series of more detailed case studies is being developed and a program of presentations highlighting molybdenum’s sustainable credentials began with two events at international metals conferences over the summer.

“The IMOA website continues to play a crucial part in our communications, with record numbers of unique visitors and publication downloads logged over the year. Work is now underway to refresh its design and further improve the accessibility of its content. We also announced a stronger use of the IMOA brand across our range of communications collateral which will be phased in over the next year,” he added.


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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