Applications of Nickel in the Automotive Sector

Stainless Steels

Stainless Steels: catalyst supports, exhaust systems, safety belt springs, special truck bodies.

Stainless steels are excellent for structural uses - high strength, low weight and excellent crash energy absorption characteristics.

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Nickel-Containing Alloys

Nickel-based alloys: spark plugs, diesel valves, thermostats, turbochargers wheels and casings.

Nickel-containing alloy steels: gears, drive shafts, special vehicles for low temperature and/or high wear uses.

Nickel-iron alloys: Electronics, special engineering uses

Nickel powders: gears, magnets, airbag valves, electromagnetic interference shielding (EMS) screening paints & coatings.

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Nickel and Chromium-Nickel Plating

Nickel plating: anti-corrosion treatment for under hood components, piston/cylinder coatings, electronic cans & connectors.

Chromium-nickel plating: internal and external trim, handles, seatbelt fasteners, grills, wheels, customized components.

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Nickel Batteries

Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and certain lithium ion batteries: electric vehicles and hybrids.

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Nickel in Fuel Cells

Nickel in Fuel cells: Fuel cell powered autos and buses

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Nickel in Molds for Auto Parts Production

Molds for auto parts production - ferrous, non-ferrous and pure nickel (produced by electroforming or vapor deposition).

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