Atlanta-based Novelis has begun construction on the world’s largest aluminum recycling and casting centre in Germany.
The $250-million facility will be constructed adjacent to the existing Novelis aluminum rolling mill and will produce 400,000 metric tonnes of aluminum sheet ingot from recycled material each year.
"This investment represents another step in delivering on our commitment to dramatically increase the recycled content of the rolled aluminum sheet we provide to our world-class global customers," said Phil Martens, president and CEO for Novelis, in a company announcement. “The advanced sorting, processing and casting capabilities of the new Nachterstedt operation will propel us closer to our goal of 80 per cent recycled content by 2020."
The Nachterstedt facility in Germany will allow Novelis to save valuable natural resources while enabling its customers to create products with a higher recycled content and smaller environmental footprint. Using recycled aluminum as input material requires only five percent of the energy used to make primary aluminum from raw materials, thus avoiding 95 per cent of the greenhouse gases associated with production, the company says.
The new center will help support the company's drive to increase end-of-life recycling in Europe, where Novelis is already the leading recycler of aluminum beverage cans. The center will process used beverage cans as well as numerous other forms of aluminum scrap from across continental Europe. The company expects the center 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 tonnes by 2015.