Profiling the world's top five nickelproducing companies
· The world's top five nickelproducing companies. 1. Vale – 208,000 metric tonnes. Formerly called Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, Vale is a diversified multinational metals and mining company founded in 1942, and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vale is the world's largest producer of nickel, one of the most versatile metals in existence.