Designing and manufacturing nickel-containing materials and products have evolved over many decades in tandem with greater knowledge of material science and innovations in design and manufacture. Overall production and material efficiency have advanced considerably in response to the need for more sustainable solutions to society's needs.
For every application there will be an optimum material selection and nickel content that can help improve sustainability. The Nickel Institute therefore believes it is important to have appropriate technical information and support to enable optimal choice. The following links provide more detailed information on an application-specific basis:
Nickel is already a positive contributor to overall eco-efficiency but it can contribute more through better use of appropriate materials. In this context, the key sustainability challenges are:
- To increase the durability/longevity of products and their economical function
- To better match the appropriate material to the anticipated life cycle of the product
- To decrease the premature failure of products and systems through better material selection
- To decrease the incidence of nickel allergy in the general population through avoidance of the use of nickel in skin contact applications
- To decrease the dispersion/loss of nickel at the end-of-life of products while increasing the recovery and recycling of nickel