The Clydach nickel refinery, owned by a Brazilian mining company, Vale

The refinery at Clydach just outside Swansea in South Wales, is owned by a Brazilian mining company, Vale. It refines nickel oxide from Canada into high purity nickel products in different forms including powder and pellets. Nickel is used in stainless steels, a wide variety of nickel alloys and the electroplating industry. Vale nickel products are sold to customers across Europe, the USA and Asia and are used in many diverse applications including a variety of demanding automotive and battery applications.