According to GlobalData, China is the world’s seventh-largest producer of nickel, with output of 128kt in 2022, up by 7% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from China increased by a CAGR of 4% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 0.15% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its Global Nickel Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.

China accounts for 4% of global production, with the other largest producers being Indonesia (39%), the Philippines (12%), Russia (8%) and New Caledonia (7%). Exports of nickel from China increased by 72% to 7kt in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to Canada. China’s nickel exports are expected to drop at a CAGR of 3.43% between 2022 and 2026, to 6kt by 2026.

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