Nickel has a particular ability to alloy with a range of materials. This has led to the development of a range of alloys important not only for their electrical resistance characteristics, but also for their exceptional strength and corrosion resistance – especially at elevated temperatures.

Many of these alloys are used in high performance critical applications such as springs, wireforms, fasteners and components in the aerospace, nuclear and power generation industries.

Other alloys, notably the Nickel Iron alloys, have an important application as glass sealing materials – joining metal and ceramics to glass (due to their thermal coefficient of expansion being approximately the same as that of glass).