Novelis starts work on new recycling centre

Novelis has started work on a facility that is projected to be the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre.

The company, which is a leading producer of rolled aluminium, has invested $250 million into the aluminium recycling and casting centre at its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany. Constructed adjacent to the company’s existing aluminium rolling mill, the new centre will enable the company to produce 400,000 metric tons of aluminium sheet ingot from recycled material annually, and is projected to be the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre.

“This investment represents another step in delivering on our commitment to dramatically increase the recycled content of the rolled aluminium sheet we provide to our world-class global customers,” says Phil Martens, president and chief executive officer for Novelis. “The advanced sorting, processing and casting capabilities of the new Nachterstedt operation will propel us closer to our goal of 80% recycled content by 2020.”

By increasing the recycled metal input of Novelis aluminium, the company saves valuable natural resources while enabling its customers to create products with a higher recycled content and smaller environmental footprint.

The new centre will help support the company’s drive to increase end-of-life recycling in Europe, where Novelis is already the leading recycler of aluminium beverage cans. The centre will process used beverage cans as well as numerous other forms of aluminium scrap from across continental Europe. The company expects the centre to create 200 new jobs when it is commissioned in mid-2014.

The Nachterstedt expansion is the latest in a series of recycling and casting expansion projects launched by Novelis over the past two years totaling nearly $450 million, including the commissioning last month of the company’s new integrated recycling and casting center in Yeongju, Korea. These projects, and others underway across the world, are designed to increase Novelis’ recycling and casting capacity to 2.1 million tons by 2015.

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