Arizona has long been home to a number of minerals and metals that have helped provide an economic platform for Arizona’s growth predating statehood and which continues to this day. These minerals and metals are used throughout the world to build infrastructure and sustain today’s standard of living. Below is a list of common uses of what is produced in Arizona.
It is one of Arizona’s “5 C’s” and a significant contributor to Arizona’s economy over the years. It is a key component of state-of-the-art energy, aerospace, transportation, and telecommunications systems throughout the world. The red metal remains essential to plumbing, conductivity and connectivity, and it is a critical element in new technology. Antimicrobial copper is also gaining prominence for its ability to help prevent the spread of infections.
Moly is used primarily in the steel industry for corrosion resistance, strengthening and heat resistance. Molybdenum chemicals are used in a number of diverse applications such as lubricants, additives for water treatment, feedstock for the production of pure molybdenum metal, and catalysts used for petroleum refining. Pure molybdenum metal powder products are used in a number of diverse applications, such as lighting, electronics, and specialty steel alloys.used to strengthen steel, resists heat and adds corrosion resistance to a wide variety of products.
The most famous of all precious metals, it is widely sought after throughout the world for both its investment qualities and industrial properties. Gold has traditionally served three functions: as a monetary instrument, a financial asset, and a raw material mostly used in jewelry and decorative objects.