Nickel Magazine

Volume 29-3: Urban Living

December 04, 2014

Nickel's contribution to sustainable cities


In Focus


Urban Living

In 2008 the rural/urban balance tilted: for the first time half the global population was living in urban areas and the tide of people leaving the countryside (see graph below) continues strongly. Currently 3.5 billion people make their homes in cities and many more commute from rural areas to work there. By 2030, according to the United Nations, 4.9 billion people—or 60% of the projected world population—will be urban dwellers.

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In Brief


Safe passages

The reliability of signalized intersections is a crucial component of urban infrastructures. When electrical power to an intersection fails, often due to bad weather or traffic accidents, it can cause major gridlock and safety concerns as responses to fire, police and health emergencies are delayed or prevented.


Stately slide

Formerly owned by the Anglo-American Astor family, Cliveden House is located about 40 kilometers to the west of London. Situated high above the River Thames and surrounded by wooded countryside, this stately home has a colourful history dating back to the 1600s. Today, the house and grounds are a major tourist venue—attracting visitors from all around the world. The estate now belongs to the National Trust and the house has been a luxury hotel since 1985.

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In Use


Venus Rising

The Fibonacci spiral and the intersecting spines of a nautilus shell have inspired an impressive 23m high stainless steel sculpture at Kangaroo Point Park overlooking the Brisbane River, Brisbane, Australia.


Chemical containers in Japan

Japan competes on the value it adds to raw and intermediate materials. The volumes of imported chemicals are increasing and the need for their safe transport and storage has never been greater. Tank containers made of nickel-containing stainless steel in a range of sizes are providing solutions for a growing number of Japanese chemical companies.



In urban environments small scale anaerobic digesters are providing an innovative solution to recycling food and garden waste—with the added benefit of generating energy and producing fertiliser.

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Towards a circular economy

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Feature Story:
A catalyst for sustainable operations
Nickel-containing catalysts are widely used in the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. At end-of-life, catalysts are either sent to landfill or sent for recycling to recover the valuable metals they contain. Refineries in Kuwait are changing the way they handle spent catalysts.