Novelis’ Chinese mill on target for 2014

Nov 07, 2012 | 04:44 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Novelis, Philip Martens, beverage cans, UBCs, aluminum, recycled content, Alcoa, Evermore Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Novelis Inc. is still on track to complete construction of its 120,000-tonne-per-year aluminum automotive sheet manufacturing facility in China’s Jiangsu province by early 2014 after breaking ground on the facility in October, the company said.

The facility, which will operate an automotive heat-treatment finishing line and finish sheet produced at its South Korea rolling mill, might eventually enter the beverage can and consumer electronics markets, although Novelis hasn’t set a time frame for this, Philip Martens, president and chief executive officer, told AMM.

"We have no immediate plans to expand the China facility to serve the beverage can or other markets. However, the site is sized to allow us the potential to address future expansion opportunities and we will be looking at that going forward," he said. ....

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