Nickel is a naturally occurring, lustrous, silvery-white metallic element.
|Melting point:||1453 oC|
|Boiling point:||2730 oC|
|Density:||8.90 g/cm3 at 25 oC|
|Curie temperature:||253 oC|
About 69% of the nickel which is produced is used to manufacture stainless steels. Another 15% is used in other steel and non-ferrous alloys - often for highly specialized industrial, aerospace and military applications. About 8% is used in plating and another 3% in foundries and castings. About 3% of nickel is used in batteries for electronics, and in batteries for portable equipment and hybrid cars and roughly 2% goes into uses such as chemicals, catalysts and dyes.