Molybdenum Disulfide: Introduction

  • Molybdenum disulfide compound is grouped as transition metal dichalcogenide. It is present in nature as a silvery black solid mineral molybdenite. Molybdenum disulfide features good thermal and chemical stability, and has a friction coefficient of less than 0.1. The compound is not affected by dilute acids and oxygen. Molybdenum disulfide is a dry/solid lubricant featuring excellent dry lubrication properties. It can withstand temperature above 350°C.
  • Molybdenum disulfide with the particle size in the range of 1  µm -100 µm finds common use as a dry lubricant. Molybdenum disulfide retains its lubrication properties even if there is complete oil loss. Therefore, it is used in various industries for smooth working of machines and equipment.
  • Molybdenum disulfide finds extensive use in aerospace, military, and automotive industries. It is a suitable compound for chassis lubrication of heavy duty  service vehicles such as construction vehicles and trucks.  Some wide use of molybdenum disulfide lies in lubrication of automotive systems such as ball joints, pedal shafts, wheel bearing, steering linkages, and control arms. It is also used extensively in greases and grease-like products that are used for lubrication. Furthermore, molbdenum disulfide is used in sputtered coatings, and resin fastened impingement coatings.
  • Molybdenum disulfide is also  suitable for heavily loaded bearings in industrial and manufactuing units to protect the bearings from corrosion. It also features oxidation properties.      

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Key Drivers and Restraints of Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market

  • Molybdenum is one of the essential materials for the aerospace and defense industries owing to its various properties such as high-temperature stability, tensile strength, density, radiation protection, and excellent material machinability. In the aerospace industry, molybdenum is used to reduce vibration and improve pilot and passenger comfort, as the material has high strength and less weight. It is also used for the stabilization of control surfaces for ailerons, elevators, and rudder sections of aircraft, helicopter rotor blades, and cockpit instrumentation. Thus, increase in demand for molybdenum disulfide in aerospace and defense industries is expected to drive the global molybdenum disulfide market during the forecast period.
  • Molybdenum disulfide is employed in various end-use industries such as aerospace, automotive, and chemical. Led by growth of these end-use industries, the demand for molybdenum disulfide is estimated to rise significantly during the forecast period. However, presence of alternatives such as tungsten disulfide (WS2) is projected to restrain the global molybdenum disulfide market in the near future.

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Molybdenum Disulfide: Application Segment

  • Based on application, the global molybdenum disulfide market has been segmented into lubricant, semiconductor, coating, catalysts, and others
  • Lubricant has been the major segment of the global molybdenum disulfide market since many years. It is estimated to expand with a healthy CAGR during the forecast period. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) friction coefficient can be as low as 0.05. Diluted acids and oxygen are also not affected. The low friction coefficient of MoS2 helps transfer lubricant between two mating surfaces to reduce wear and tear in heavy vehicles such as trucks and construction vehicles.

Covid-19 Impact on Molybdenum Disulfide Market

  • Several governments and private sector businesses are operating on a limited capacity or have ceased operations completely due to recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Various manufacturing activities of different materials and products across the globe came to a halt due to the unavailability of raw materials, shortage of labor, and disruption of the supply chain. This is likely to hamper the global molybdenum disulfide market.

Asia Pacific to be Key Region of Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market

  • In terms of region, the global molybdenum disulfide market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • Asia Pacific dominated the global molybdenum disulfide market in 2019. It is expected to hold significant share, followed by North America and Europe. Growth of the manufacturing sector in Asia Pacific has boosted the demand for low-friction coatings and lubricants due to the change in manufacturing bases by global players owing to the availability of low-cost raw materials and labor. Additionally, demand for molybdenum disulfide is high in major markets of electronics production such as China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.

Key Manufacturers Operating in Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market

The global molybdenum disulfide market was highly fragmented in 2019. Major players have prominent presence in developing countries. Key manufacturers operating in the global molybdenum disulfide market include:

  • Tribotecc GmbH
  • Exploiter Molybdenum Co., Ltd
  • Rose Mill Co. LLC
  • EPRUI Nanoparticles & Microspheres Co. Ltd
  • Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
  • TRITRUST INDUSTRIAL (CHINA) CO, LTD
  • Graphene Laboratories Inc.
  • American Elements
  • Strem Chemicals
  • Moly Metal L.L.P
  • Luoyang Shenyu Molybdenum Industry Co., Ltd
  • US Research Nanomaterials, Inc.

Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market : Research Scope

Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market , by Type

  • Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) Powder
  • Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) Crystals

Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market , by Application

  • Lubricant
  • Semiconductor
  • Coating
  • Catalysts
  • Others

Global Molybdenum Disulfide Market , by End-use Industry

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • Construction
  • Chemical
  • Others

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