About Nickel Plating

Nickel Plating

About Nickel Plating

Vale offers more plating products in more forms than any other nickel producer in the world. Our products are manufactured in plants that meet the highest standards and our products are of the highest quality, so that platers are always assured of consistent results. It’s no surprise that our electrolytic nickel is the world’s leading brand for use in electroplating.

​Full-size electrolytic nickel cathodes

nine thin, silver sheets of Electrolytic nickel cathodes are stacked together





Full-size electrolytic nickel cathodes are produced at our Thompson Nickel Refinery in Manitoba.

Vale electrolytic nickel is the world’s leading brand of electroplating nickel. Full-size cathodes are produced by electrolytic refining at Vale’s Thompson Nickel Refinery in Manitoba.

Being the thickest cathode available (~15 mm), it has become an industry standard for general-purpose electroplating. The cathodes are cut into squares or strips prior to use in a plating tank.

We also produce cut cathode in 1x1 and 4x4 squares.

​Electrolytic nickel S-Rounds™

five, silver, electrolytic nickel s-rounds all sit together on a white background

Electrolytic nickel S-Rounds™ are sulphur-activated and used for electroplating with titanium anode baskets in chloride-free plating baths.

The shape of the S-rounds™ and the advantages of sulphur activation make them ideally suited for high-end electroplating applications, such as high-speed plating and electronics parts. 

Vale also produces plating-grade nickel at its carbonyl refineries in Sudbury, Ontario, and Clydach, Wales. These high-purity nickel forms are ideal for conforming and specialized baskets but also for general decorative plating.

​Nickel P-pellets™

 

9 silver spheres of nickel p-pellets sit on a white backgroundNickel P-pellets™ are screened nickel pellets manufactured through the carbonyl refining process. This product’s purity and consistent quality make it suitable for use in the most demanding applications.

 

They are also produced at our Clydach Nickel Refinery in the U.K.

​Electrolytic nickel R-Rounds™

six, silver, electrolytic nickel r-rounds all sit together on a white background





Electrolytic nickel R-Rounds™ are designed specifically for electroplating with titanium anode baskets.

Their unique shape makes them work well in baskets and ensures good solution flow and mixing in both regular and shaped baskets of various mesh sizes. With no sharp edges, they are easy to handle safely and produce minimal metallic residues upon dissolution.

​Nickel S-pellets™

nine, round, silver pellets sit on a white background

Nickel S-pellets™ are a high-purity form of sulphur-activated nickel widely used for electroplating with titanium anode baskets. 

S-Pellets™ are produced by a unique carbonyl gas refining process at the Clydach Nickel Refinery in the U.K.

​Nickel Plating Chips™​

Eight, silver discs are all piled up together on a white background

​Nickel Plating Chips™ are also produced at our Clydach Refinery in the U.K.

For more information about our nickel products for plating, view our Product Data Sheets​.​

Technical Information and Useful Links​ for Nickel Plating.