Novelis unveils new line

Aluminium rolling and recycling company Novelis has announced the opening of a new recycling and continuous casting line at its Pieve Emanuele facility in Milan, Italy.

The US$15m expansion represents the largest single investment by Novelis in Italy in the past decade and is, according to the company, a key part of its drive to enhance the competitiveness of its Italian operations.

The advanced technology incorporated into the new line leverages the plant’s expertise in continuous casting and should enable the company to recycle aluminum scrap into high quality aluminum sheet for further processing at its operations other sites in Italy as well as Germany.

“This investment reflects Novelis’ ongoing commitment to our high recycled content strategy, to the environment and, importantly, to our longstanding operations here in Italy,” said Erwin Mayr, senior vice president of Novelis and president of Novelis Europe.

“The opening of the new line not only increases the recycling and casting capacity at the Pieve plant, but it also contributes to the company’s global goal of increasing the recycled content of its products from 43% today to 80% by 2020.”

“The Pieve plant has over 50 years of experience in rolling and recycling aluminum,” said Gianmatteo Martinelli, plant manager.

“This investment and the wider program in Italy will strengthen our operations here while also bringing new sustainable manufacturing processes to the region through Novelis innovation.”

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