Novelis adding aluminum rolling line in Germany

Growing demand from automakers leads to more sheet production worldwide.

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April 8, 2014

Nachterstedt, Germany – Aluminum company Novelis has broken ground on a new automotive sheet finishing line in Germany. Erwin Mayr, senior vice president of Novelis and president of Novelis Europe, made the symbolic shovel turn.

The €62 million expansion is in response to the steadily growing demand for aluminum automotive sheet for light-weight vehicle structures and body panels. The new line will add 120,000 metric tons of annual capacity to the Nachterstedt plant’s automotive output. Novelis expects demand for aluminum automotive sheet in Europe to increase by an average of 15% per year over the next five years as carmakers focus on strategies to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

The expansion, which is scheduled to come on line in the second half of 2015, will create up to 120 new jobs and boost Novelis’ annual automotive production capacity for aluminum sheet in Europe to well over 350,000 metric tons. The new production line will make use of the existing infrastructure, specialized staff, and logistics solutions. In addition to existing automotive capacity at the Nachterstedt plant, Novelis also produces automotive sheet in Sierre, Switzerland, and Goettingen, Germany.

“This investment will enable us to strengthen our leading market position in the automotive sector and enhance our position as a strong partner of the automobile industry,” says Mayr. “Novelis is committed to meeting the growing demand in this market and we’re aggressively increasing our capacity to produce automotive sheet in Europe and across the globe.”

The company is investing around the world to boost its automotive finishing capabilities. In addition to this new line in Nachterstedt, the company will open a greenfield automotive line in Changzhou, China, later this year, and is launching construction of a third automotive line at its plant in Oswego, N.Y., complementing the two lines commissioned there in 2013. When all of the new lines are commissioned in late 2015, Novelis' global automotive sheet capacity will reach approximately 900,000 tons per year.

Source: Novelis