Molybdenum is commonly used in the consumer, energy, industrial, medical, agricultural, aerospace, and transportation markets.
The silvery-white, very hard metal has the sixth highest melting point of any metal and is often used to create high strength alloys and superalloys.
When added to steel and cast irons, it improves strength, hardness and weldability, while also elevating temperature strength and corrosion resistance. As an addition to nickel-based alloys, it enhances resistance to corrosion and high-temperature deformation.
In 2014, KGHM started extracting molybdenum from the Sierra Gorda open-pit mine in Chile, in cooperation with Sumitomo Metal Mining and Sumitomo Corporation. These mining activities will make Sierra Gorda one of the top three producers of molybdenum in the world.
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