Tungsten and molybdenum are essential minerals used in the manufacture of steel for a broad range of industrial and domestic purposes. Tungsten and molybdenum resources such as those found at Sisson have everyday applications that are often taken for granted.
Tungsten has the highest melting point (3422°C) of all pure metals, and has a similar hardness to diamonds, making it an important alloy in the manufacture of carbide cutting tools - enhancing hardness, cutting efficiency and speed. These tools are used to cut and shape metals, alloys, wood, composites, plastics and ceramics, which are, in turn, used in mining and many other industries. Tungsten alloys are also used in rocket engines, 5,660° heating elements, watches, jewellery, golf clubs, fishing lures, ballast keels for boats, and strings for guitars.
Many consumer products such as cars, cellular phones, flat screen TVs, and computers use tungsten. Without tungsten, many technologies that we rely on everyday would not be possible.
Molybdenum is an essential alloy, making steel stronger and more heat resistant. Common household items which incorporate molybdenum include stainless steel pots and pans, automotive grease, and electronic devices. Medical instruments such as scalpels and other surgical instruments also contain molybdenum.
The Sisson Project and New Brunswick have the potential to be one of the leading world producers of tungsten.
Tungsten: the Next Growth Metal