Auto driving finishing capacity growth: Novelis
Oct 10, 2013 | 03:23 PM
| Michael Cowden
FARMINGTON, Pa. Novelis Inc. expects to officially unveil its automotive finishing lines in Oswego, N.Y., on Oct. 24 in anticipation of increased demand for continuous annealing heat-treat lines.
"Weve gone through hot commissioning and were producing product. Things are going very well," Tom Boney, Novelis vice president and general manager of automotive, said in an interview with AMM at the Aluminum Associations fall meeting in Farmington, Pa.
The expansion is expected to boost automotive finishing capacity at Oswego to more than 240,000 tonnes per year (amm.com, Aug. 12). Heat-treat capacity at the plant is already fully contracted, indicating that more finishing capacity might be necessary, Boney said.
"Continuous annealing solution heat-treat lines, the finishing lines, is ... the area of investment that is going to be made in North America to supply the automobile industry," he said. But while more finishing capacity is needed, there is already "plenty" of hot mill capacity to meet expected demand from the auto industry.....
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