Nickel Magazine

Volume 32-2: Nickel on the move

August 09, 2017

From bicycles to rockets




Rocket science

Given successful test experiences to date, it is abundantly clear that 3D printing and nickel-containing alloys will be critical to the future of U.S. space travel for decades to come.


High speed trains

As the demand for mass transportation burgeons around the world, railway companies are looking for new solutions to address the increasing challenges of moving more people quicker than ever before.


Marine exhaust scrubbers

As our largest ecosystem, oceans provide more than half the oxygen we breathe and most of the fish we eat. They are also waterways for transportation. As we become more mindful of the need to reduce our environmental imprint, the marine industry has increased its focus on ways to regulate its impact, including minimising the release of harmful emissions.


Stainless steel boat

On May 12, 2017, the P16 prototype, an offshore patrol vessel made entirely out of stainless steel, set sail out of Gävle, 200 km north of Stockholm. The goal was to construct a boat out of stainless steel that was light, more efficient, safer and greener.

In Focus


The Nickel edition Brompton bike

The Nickel Edition is Brompton’s finest bike. The polished 50-micron high-phosphorus electroless nickel plating creates a rich, reflective finish and is Brompton’s most advanced finish to date with exceptional anti-corrosion resistance.

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In Use


Nitinol-waste heat to electricity

A new energy-efficient engine that generates electricity from waste hot water could reduce both carbon emissions and energy consumption within the shipping industry and many other sectors.


Nickel plated steel

Innovation is often sparked by a frustrating experience. In this case, the car belonging to a senior executive of a major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) broke down on a road trip, due to the complete failure of his fuel delivery system. The good news? A new fuel line application using nickel-plated steel was born.


Magnetic shielding

With the growing importance of Electro Mobility (eMobility) and the use of electric powertrain technologies (in combination with an increase of electrical/digital equipment), the demand for effective shielding materials as well as sensors is on the increase. Nickel-containing materials are playing a crucial role in this growing field of application.


Severn Tunnel

Over six weeks in September and October 2016, Network Rail installed an innovative system for electrification of the railway track through the Severn Tunnel. Highly alloyed stainless steel was selected for all of the structural steelwork supporting the ROCS in order to provide an 80 year design life with minimal maintenance.


Succinic acid is a dicarboxylic acid with the chemical formula (CH2)2(CO2H)2. The name derives from Latin succinum, meaning amber. Nickel-containing stainless steel is playing an essential role in the production of innovative ‘green’ succinic acid which is highly corrosive to low alloy and carbon steel.



The Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) is standing out as the next global architectural landmark in the revived Futian Cultural District of Shenzhen, China. Featured in the central atrium of MOCAPE, the Cloud is a remarkable piece of architecture inspired by Constantin Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse and the moon of Mars.

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Current Issue

Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018


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.