Nickel Stakeholders Group
The Nickel Stakeholders Industry Group provides a forum to discuss emerging public policy issues, potential regulatory implications, and new science impacting current and future assessments of nickel soluble salts.
- Nickel is a naturally occurring, lustrous, silvery-white metallic element. It is the fifth most common element on earth and occurs extensively in the earth's crust. However, most of the nickel is inaccessible in the core of the earth.
- Nickel-containing materials play a major role in our everyday lives—food preparation equipment, mobile phones, medical equipment, transport, buildings, power generation—the list is almost endless. These materials are selected because—compared with others—they offer better corrosion resistance, toughness, strength at high and low temperatures, and a range of special magnetic and electronic properties.
- About 65 percent of the nickel which is produced is used to manufacture stainless steels.
- Another 20 percent is used in other steel and non-ferrous alloys-often for highly specialized industrial, aerospace and military applications.
- About nine percent is used in plating and six percent in other uses, including coins, electronics, and in batteries for portable equipment and hybrid cars.
- In many of these applications there is no substitute for nickel without reducing performance or increasing cost.
Nickel Stakeholders Industry Group Members
Participants in the Nickel Stakeholders Industry Group include numerous industries that rely on nickel compounds, including surface coatings, aerospace, stainless steel and automotive, among others.