Vale in Japan
Where are we?
The Matsusaka refinery is located in the city of the same name, Mie Prefecture, and is a region with exuberant natural features.
Photographer: Marcelo Coelho
Photographer:: Ricardo Teles
What do we do?
In Matsusaka, we work with the refining, manufacturing, storage, import, export, sale and purchase of nickel and nickel products; import, export, sale and purchase of cobalt and cobalt products; production, sale and purchase of sulfuric acid and other inorganic industrial chemicals, in addition to other activities that are complementary to the business.
Surprising uses for Nickel, NOS, Tonimet® briquettes and Sulphuric acid
Nickel is used everywhere in your daily life. Most commonly, it is used as a subsidiary raw material for stainless or special steel, which is in turn is used for everything from skyscrapers, power stations and pipelines to medical equipment, kitchen utensils and coins.
Nickel is also used for cathodes found in lithium-ion batteries and IT equipment like your cell phone and laptop. Now, with the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market and digitalization, global demand for nickel is continuing to increase.
Indeed, every day and in every way nickel supports civilized society, and Matsusaka Refinery is proud to play a role as a major domestic supplier of Nickel Oxide Sinter (NOS) and Tonimet® briquettes. NOS is the intermediate product for nickel powder and pellets, which then become the raw materials for cathodes found in lithium-ion batteries and electric substrates. Tonimet® briquettes are used as a subsidiary raw material for stainless and special steel. A by-product of NOS at Matsusaka refinery is Sulphuric acid, which is widely used in papermaking, electronics, batteries, wastewater treatment, metal refining and much more.
In addition to operations
Responsibility towards the environment is, without a doubt, the key point of Vale's operations in Matsusaka.
Photographer: Hironori Shigeyama
Check some relevant information about our operations in Japan below: