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Novelis breaks ground on world's largest aluminum recycling plant

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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$250-million plant in Germany will produce aluminum sheets from recycled material.

The Atlanta, Ga.-headquartered Novelis Inc., a global leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has broken ground on a new  $250-million aluminum recycling and casting center at its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany.

Constructed adjacent to the company’s existing aluminum rolling mill, the new center will enable the company to produce 400,000 metric tons of aluminum sheet ingot from recycled material annually, and is projected to be the world’s largest aluminum recycling center.

“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,” says Novelis president and chief executive officer Phil Martens, “while also signifying our long-term commitment to the European market. The advanced sorting, processing and casting capabilities of the new Nachterstedt operation will propel us closer to our goal of 80 percent recycled content by 2020.”

By increasing the recycled metal input of Novelis aluminum, the company will 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 percent of the greenhouse gases associated with production.


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, Germany 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 recent commissioning in November 2012 of its 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.

About Novelis

Novelis is a global leader in aluminum rolling and recycling. For fiscal year 2012, the company operated in 11 countries, had more than 11,000 employees and reported revenue of $11.1 billion. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, electronics and printing markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, one of Asia’s largest integrated producers of aluminum and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit


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