Nickel stakeholders gather in Beijing
On 29 June, in Beijing, representatives from China's nickel industry associations, Member companies, downstream users of nickel and research institutes, gathered to discuss the prospects and opportunities for nickel and to enhance cooperation along the nickel supply chain. Mr. David G Butler, President, Nickel Institute (NI), Dr. Veronique Steukers, NI Director, Health & Environment Public Policy, Mr. Richard Matheson, NI General Manager Asia and Mr. Yao Feng, NI international consultant presented at the meeting which was chaired by Dr. Philip Quanming Song, Manager, NI China.
“2016 is an important year for the nickel industry. Many enterprises are facing difficulties in the current market and financial environment,” said David G Butler. “However, challenges always bring opportunities and the Nickel Institute is pleased to participate in China's development and is ready to provide active services for the development of the nickel industry.” He believed that in recent years, China has not only realized the importance of nickel, but also played a key role in the global nickel industry.
Dr. Veronique Steukers spoke about the challenges facing the nickel industry in the field of global chemicals management. She emphasized that the unique nature of metals and their compounds should be taken into account in the management of chemicals, and regulatory decisions must be based on sound science as well as risk rather than hazard.
Richard Matheson presented the case for nickel-containing stainless steel’s role in effectively managing water distribution in cities. He pointed out that while global water demand is set to increase by 55% in 2050; most regions of the world currently lose 25% to 30% of water due to leakage from the water system. Citing the example of Taiwan where nickel-containing stainless steel pipes have reduced the percentage of non-revenue (lost) water from 27% to 17% (and installation is not yet complete) he said, “stainless steel with no joints, good mechanical properties, durability and other characteristics, can effectively reduce the water leakage rate, and protect the world's water resources.”
Following a presentation by Yao Feng, NI international consultant, on China’s "Thirteenth Five Year" plan and the implications for nickel, the Nickel Institute called for the nickel industry in China to vigorously research and develop applications of nickel, such as stainless steel, water systems, stainless steel fittings, stainless steel curtain wall, new energy, safe and efficient durable food utensils.