Novelis opens South American plant

A leading rolled aluminium company has opened a new plant and the continent’s largest recycling centre.

Novelis has recently announced the opening of its expanded aluminium rolling operations in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The expansion increases production capacity at the plant by more than 50% to greater than 600,000 metric tons of aluminium sheet per year.

According to the company the US$340 million investment represents the largest capital expansion by Novelis in South America in the past decade, strengthening the company’s commitment to the region.

“This investment reflects the ability of Novelis to respond to our customers’ needs, develop new products and surpass market expectations,” said Phil Martens, president and chief executive of Novelis.

“Brazil is one of the most rapidly-growing regions where Novelis operates around the world. With the expansion of our plant in Pindamonhangaba, we expect to meet the growing demand for aluminum flat rolled products in South America for the next decade.”

The expansion included the installation of a third cold rolling mill, designed with advanced technology to deliver improved product quality and productivity. In addition, the investment included a new ingot casting center as well as a new pusher furnace for the hot rolling mill.

“The investment strengthens the company’s leadership position in key markets including beverage cans and aluminum packaging,” said Tadeu Nardocci, president of Novelis South America.

“Looking ahead, it will also allow Novelis to explore new opportunities in South America in markets such as automotive. The new Brazilian automotive regulation, Inovar-Auto, set reduction targets for CO2 emissions that will require automakers to produce lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles in the future.”

The Novelis plant also houses the largest aluminium recycling centre in South America.

“We are expanding our recycling operations, increasing the use of post-consumer aluminum scrap and accelerating the development of new alloys that contain a greater percentage of recycled content,” added Nardocci.

“These changes are aligned with our sustainable business strategy including our aggressive global target to reach 80 percent recycled content in our products by 2020.”

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