Talvivaara processes ore into intermediary products, which are further processed by its customers into metals and chemicals used by industry, producing mainly nickel and zinc. Most of the world’s nickel and zinc production is destined for the manufacture of high-quality steel products. Nickel is used in stainless and acid-resistant steel, the applications of which include pots and pans as well as kitchen and hygienic surfaces. Zinc is used to protect steel against corrosion and thus extend the life of steel products. Zinc finds application in the construction and vehicle industries, among other fields. Nickel and zinc are also used in many other products in modern society, such as batteries for mobile phones and laptop computers, household appliances, wind power plants, turbines, rotors, and piping systems.
Metals can be recycled endlessly without losing their good characteristics. Therefore, the use of high-quality and long-life metals promotes sustainable development by extending the lifetime of the products and improving their eco-efficiency. It is essential that metals are recycled as efficiently as possible. Recycling can be supported through responsible design of end products and by education of end users.