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Sustainable benefits of Molybdenum highlighted at CESCO week


IMOA’s Secretary General, Tim Outteridge, gave a presentation at the Molybdenum Market Forum during CESCO week in Santiago, Chile, on 10 April, entitled ‘An introduction to IMOA and the sustainable benefits of molybdenum’.

Attended by hundreds of delegates, CESCO week is one of the largest annual events in the international mining community.Newly added this year, the Molybdenum Market Forum provided a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of IMOA, molybdenum and its contribution to sustainable development.

Mr Outteridge described how many of the unique properties of molybdenum were already helping to combat the challenges to sustainable development arising from global energy demand, industrialisation and urbanisation.

He explained that molybdenum is an important enabler of many sustainable technologies through its use as an alloy, enhancing strength, especially at high temperatures, maintaining toughness, durability and giving exceptional resistance to corrosion.It is also a constituent of catalysts used in the hydrodesulfurization of petroleum products, helping to protect against acidification of the environment.

“Molybdenum is already playing an important part in sustainable technologies, as I outlined in the presentation,” said Mr Outteridge.“It can be found in many renewable energy applications, from hydroelectric power stations to wind turbines and more efficient solar arrays.As an alloy it plays a crucial role in protecting flue gas desulfurization units from corrosion and enables vehicles and power stations to run at higher and more efficient temperatures.”

“As a key ingredient of high strength steel, it saves energy and resources through ‘lightweighting’ cars and trucks and reducing raw material and energy use in construction projects.”

“The challenges of sustainable development must be addressed and molybdenum has a role to play in many technologies and applications which are in use today, actively contributing to a more sustainable future,” he added.


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:

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