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Meeting of minds at Mo and Nb Symposium


The second International Symposium on Molybdenum and Niobium Alloying in High Performance Steels, held in South Korea on 25-26 April, was considered a great success according to the feedback received from those who attended. Some steel producers are already considering the implementation of the techniques highlighted during the event. In addition, several alliances between companies and research and development institutions have been formed.

Organized by the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) and Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM) and hosted by the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials (KIM), Posco and Hyundai Steel, the event attracted more than 90 delegates from 16 countries representing some 60 companies and research institutes.Delegates from KIM’s Spring Meeting, being held alongside the symposium, also joined some sessions.Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese steel mills were very well represented and the Chinese delegation expressed an interest in hosting a similar event in China in the future.

Professor Hardy Mohrbacher, IMOA’s technical consultant and one of the 23 leading steel experts speaking at the event, explained: “The symposium highlighted the metallurgical properties of molybdenum in different types of steel and its interaction with niobium.Molybdenum and niobium are two of the most powerful alloying elements in helping to adapt microstructures and properties to downstream manufacturing processes for the production of high performance steel.These steels are increasingly important in the production of lighter, more durable and sustainable vehicles, machines, structures and pipelines.”

Several IMOA-sponsored research projects from recent years were presented and discussed by some of the world’s top metallurgists.Delegates were able to learn useful techniques, many of which are already being considered for implementation in steel mills.

“It was also clear that even with this level of technical representation, there are still some beneficial metallurgical effects of molybdenum which warrant further research,” said Dr Mohrbacher.

“Several ideas were put forward and the symposium was notable for the excellent collaboration between commercial delegates and those from research institutions,” 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.

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