Nickel ore mined in New Caledonia is processed by Société Le Nickel (SLN). It is globally recognized for its quality, high nickel content as well as its homogeneity — a feature that makes Eramet one of the market leaders. Nickel ore is used in the production of ferronickel and nickel pig iron (in Japan and China). SLN produces 5.4 million tons of nickel ore, of which 2.5 million tons are exported. This volume is expected to grow over the coming years.