LONDON Novelis Inc. is
adapting its plant in Goettingen, Germany, to meet growing
demand for recyclable aluminum automotive sheet.
The Goettingen plant will
produce 20,000 tonnes of automotive sheet per year following
the first phase of its expansion and double that capacity in a
planned second phase.
European operations only produce automotive sheet in
Nachterstedt, Germany, and Sierre, Switzerland.
"The increased production at our
Goettingen plant is part of our global expansion plan in the
automotive sector," Erwin Mayr, senior vice president of
Novelis and president of Novelis Europe, said in a statement.
"Novelis is adding capacity worldwide to meet growing demand
for rolled aluminum used in the design of a new generation of
lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles."
The Goettingen plant currently
produces high-quality sheet for the lithographic and packaging
markets, as well as painted sheet for a variety of
applications. It also produces aluminum bottles, cartridges,
cans and housings using the impact extrusion process.
"Novelis is investing around the
world to boost its automotive finishing capabilities," the
Atlanta-based company said. "In North America, an expansion at
the Oswego, N.Y., plant will add 240,000 tonnes, and a new
plant under construction in Changzhou, China, will have a
capacity of 120,000 tonnes."
A version of this article first was
published in AMM sister publication Metal