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IMOA publishes 2016/17 Annual Review


The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has published its Annual Review for 2016/17, detailing the achievements of the Association on behalf of its members in the last twelve months.

Speaking at IMOA’s AGM in Boston, U.S. last month, Tim Outteridge, Secretary-General, said: “Our principal mission is to develop and maintain access to markets for our members. This Review details the outputs from our ongoing programs in Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) and Market Development (MD) which contribute to that overall goal.”

“The HSE Committee closely monitors developments in the international regulatory arena, engaging in regulatory dialogue with authorities where necessary. This year, the Committee contributed to the evaluation of molybdenum trioxide by the International Agency on Research into Cancer (IARC), while in the U.S., the Committee’s efforts led to the de-listing of molybdenum and molybdenum compounds as Chemicals of High Concern to Children under Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Rule.

“The Molybdenum Consortium (MoCon) continued to guide members through the requirements of EU REACH, completing a third update of all 12 technical dossiers and addressing a number of significant technical challenges to the status of molybdenum substances.

“Our MD activities in the carbon steel sector focused on sharing technical advice on molybdenum-alloyed grades for the automotive and structural steel sectors. In the stainless steel sector, we continued to promote molybdenum-containing grades to the architecture, building and construction community through seminars, webinars and project meetings. We also sponsored research to develop and demonstrate new and expanded uses for molybdenum, with several projects currently active.

“China continues to provide new potential markets for molybdenum-containing steel grades. We helped to establish the China Molybdenum Application and Promotion Group (CMAPG) in April 2017, to sponsor selected development projects, and we are working with major manufacturers and associations to promote stainless steel in sunscreens, curtain walls and building envelopes.

“Communications also plays an important role in raising awareness of molybdenum’s properties. A concise and informative video, ‘A World with Molybdenum’, has been developed to complement the extensive information already available on our website. We also published a new brochure exploring molybdenum’s role in the biology of humans, animals and plants entitled ‘Molybdenum – Essential for Life’,” he added.




Notes for editors

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.

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 has a strict antitrust compliance policy which delegates of all meetings are required to observe. All such meetings are observed by legal counsel.

For more information contact:

Alan Hughes
T: +44 (0)1606 852011


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