July 1 2013, Minelco changed name to LKAB Minerals

The Minelco brand has, since its formation in 1989, become well-known in the world of minerals. Today we feel it is time to build one strong global brand together with our owner LKAB. We remain the same company and the same people - application and mineral processing experts, with a focus on sustainability and customer value creation. From now on you will find us online at www.lkabminerals.com.

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Molybdenum is a silvery-white metal with one of the highest melting points of any element and one of the lowest coefficient of thermal expansion amongst metals. Its name is derived from the Greek word “molybdos”, meaning lead.

It is very hard and tough, although softer and more ductile than tungsten. Chemically, it is very stable, although it will react with acids.

Molybdenum product uses

Molybdenum’s ability  to withstand extreme temperatures without significant thermal expansion or softening makes it useful in applications involving intense heat, such as lighting filaments, aircraft parts, electrical contacts, industrial motors, and nuclear energy applications.

Molybdenum is also used in steel alloys to reduce brittleness, increase toughness, and enhance corrosion resistance.

In stainless steels it improves the strength and corrosion-resistance, a requirement for water distribution systems, food handling equipment, chemical processing equipment for  home, hospital, and laboratory.

Alloy steels include the stronger and tougher steels for automotive parts, construction equipment, gas transmission pipes. Other major uses as an alloy include tool steels for bearings, dies, machining components; cast irons, for steel mill rolls, auto parts, crusher parts; superalloys for use in furnace parts, gas turbine parts, and chemical processing equipment.

Molybdenum is sold as

  • Bars
  • Rods

Molybdenum applications

  1. Alloying elements
  2. Conducting materials
    • Because of their ability to withstand high temperatures, Molybdenum and Tungsten are both used for electrical and electronical applications. More on Conducting materials
  3. Materials for electronics
    • Electronics have became an integral part of our daily life. LKAB Minerals supply raw materials for capacitors, metallic film conductors, etc.

      More on Materials for electronics
  4. Wear resistance

Related products

  1. Tungsten
    • Tungsten (derived from the Swedish phrase “tung sten”, meaning heavy stone) is a hard, brittle, steel-grey metal that is difficult to work unless in the very pure state, when it is more malleable and ductile.

      More on Tungsten

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More information

  1. Molybdenum Product Data Sheet.pdf