The word nickel originates from Germany. The word Kupfernickel referred to a "sprite" who ruined copper by adding foreign substances to it. This "copper spoiler" was later found to be a separate metal, nowadays an important and much-used material in hundreds of thousands of applications.
Nickel is a shiny metal found in the nature. It is the world's fifth most common element, also occurring in the Earth's crust. It is a raw material that strengthens metal, protects it effectively against corrosion and is very resistant against corroding agents.
The majority of industrial nickel utilised in the industry is used in the manufacturing of stainless and acid-resistant steel.