Novelis to expand aluminium recycling at German plant

Novelis, a leader in aluminium rolled products and can recycling, is investing $18 million (€13m) into the construction of a new recycling centre at Aluminium Norf (Alunorf) in western Germany.

Construction has already started on a multi-chamber melting furnace and ancillary equipment that will recycle 50,000 metric tons of aluminium scrap per year to feed the rolling mills of Alunorf, the world’s largest aluminium rolling complex.

Located near Neuss, Germany, Alunorf is a joint venture of Novelis and Norsk Hydro ASA.

The Novelis recycling centre will process aluminium scrap from Novelis plants as well as from the manufacturing facilities of customers across Europe. It is the second phase of a recycling expansion project at Alunorf that started in 2009 with the construction of a similar recycling facility funded by the joint venture partner, Norsk Hydro. The combined capacity of the integrated recycling operations will be 100,000 metric tons per year when the Novelis facility comes on-stream in late 2011.

“Recycling is a key component of the Novelis sustainability strategy,” says Tadeu Nardocci, president of Novelis Europe. “Such investments deliver environmental benefits while providing an important source of metal for Novelis. The investment at Alunorf will complement our dedicated aluminium can recycling operation in Warrington, UK, which continues to be instrumental in increasing the recycling rate for used aluminium beverage cans in Europe.”

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