Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a metal of steel. Well, stainless steel that is.
Known for mixing well with others, nickel is often combined with different metals to make incredibly strong alloys. It’s this strength – along with a resistance to heat and corrosion – that make it the perfect ingredient for stainless steel.
And with 65 per cent of the world’s nickel used in stainless steel production, that’s a lot of shiny products.
For more fun facts on nickel check out this infographic – the latest in our rockin’ series on Australian minerals
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