Nickel Magazine

Volume 29-1: The life cycle of nickel

March 20, 2014

Stainless steel scrap enjoys another life as public art


In Focus


All about life cycle

The phrase “life cycle” is in danger of joining “sustainability” as exhausted of meaning because of overuse. Yet as this issue of Nickel will show, “life cycle” and “sustainability” are still powerful concepts in society, economics and commerce.

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In Brief

Tokyo waterIP

Drinking water in Tokyo

Safe, clean, palatable water costs money. Leaks incur additional costs as even more water must be found and treated. Dealing with leakage is a universal challenge for cities but none have responded more effectively than Tokyo.


Wave wall

In many parts of the world coastlines require improved fortifications against bad weather damage. One example is the three kilometre sea defence wall constructed by Birse Coastal in the popular seaside town of Blackpool on the north west coast of England. Nickel-containing stainless steel played an integral role.

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In Use



Bruce Taylor likes nothing more than rummaging around a scrap yard. It’s where he finds inspiration for the unique sculptures he makes from recycled stainless steel. “My niche is readily accessible public art and outdoor sculpture. I always carry a magnet to separate out the non-magnetic nickel-containing stainless steel to make sure the materials I use can withstand the rigours of harsh exterior environments.”


Stainless rebar

No matter where you live, you have read about “the crumbling infrastructure” in our regions, whether it be Europe, North America, Asia or elsewhere. Most of us can point to examples of roads and bridges that have deteriorated, some to the point where structural failure is imminent. Yet lack of funds means repairs are delayed and ultimately need to be more comprehensive.


Stable and strong

Imposing and important, Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong provides a vital commercial link in an environmentally demanding setting. It also depends on nickel-containing stainless steel to ensure safe and continuous service over its 120 year design life to cope with salt water, industrial pollution and frequent typhoon events.

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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.