Molybdenum demand depends heavily on the world steel industry and to a lesser degree on the chemical markets. More than 80 percent of all molybdenum, commonly referred to as "moly," is used in these markets. We produce molybdenum in the following forms through our subsidiary, Climax Molybdenum Co.
Molybdenum chemical products. These are used for such purposes as removing sulfur from crude oil, which results in cleaner-burning fuels and cleaner air. Increasingly stringent requirements for low-sulfur fuel oils make this application a particularly important use for molybdenum. It also serves as a catalyst in the production of formaldehyde and acrylonitrile.
Molysulfide, primarily for use in the lubricant industry. As a solid lubricant, molybdenum helps reduce wear and friction and can sustain its durability in tough operating conditions, such as in car brakes. Molysulfide is also widely used in solvents and bonded coatings and is seeing increased use as an antiwear and extreme-pressure additive in lubricating oils and greases.
Technical-grade molybdic oxide for metal markets such as steel. As an alloy, molybdenum strengthens steel and makes it corrosion resistant. Because of its strength and ability to withstand high temperatures, molybdenum metal and alloys are common in a number of important products including lamp filaments, glass-melting electrodes and electronic devices.
Metal Powders. Metal Powders are used in a variety of diverse applications due to their high temperature strength, thermal and electric conductivity, and corrosion and wear resistance properties. Powders can be processed into other forms by vacuum melting or pressing and sintering. Applications which consume molybdenum metal powders and pellets include solar cells, electronic components/semiconductors, medical equipment, metal alloys, high performance coatings, glass manufacturing, high temperature furnaces and equipment, aerospace and defense and mill products/manufactured components (machine parts).
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