Nickel is the main focus of our business in Canada, and Vale is the world’s second-largest producer of this important metal.
Nickel is rarely used in its pure form. Instead, it is combined with other metals, especially iron, chromium and copper, to produce alloys that are superior to the individual metals. Nickel is used as an alloying element in cast irons, steels (such as austenitic stainless steels) and non-ferrous alloys. It is also used in nickel-based alloys, which are applied to more challenging applications.
Here are just a few places where you’ll see nickel in your everyday life:
- Bathroom taps and shower heads
- Mobile phones
- Jet engines
Find out more about the use of nickel in everyday applications.