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NIKASIL is a brand name of the german manufacturer Mahle (Stuttgart). Nikasil is a nickel matrix with silicone-carbide particles found on the cylinder wall surface. Nikasil makes the surface extremely wear resistant and allows to have a full aluminium cylinder for better thermal properties. Nikasil was introduced in 1967 and soon found on Porsche engines as well as on Kreidler moped engines. KS Kolbenschmidt soon developed a similar technology called GALNIKAL