CHICAGO Novelis Inc. has opened its expanded aluminum
rolling facility in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil, as it looks to
meet growing demand for flat-rolled products in South
The $340-million expansion should boost capacity at the plant
by approximately 50 percent to more than 600,000 metric
tonnes per year of aluminum sheet, the Atlanta-based company
said July 30. The project also represents Novelis
biggest investment in South America in the past decade, the
Brazil is one of the most rapidly growing regions where
Novelis operates around the world. With the expansion of our
plant in Pindamonhangaba, we expect to meet the growing
demand for aluminum flat-rolled products in South America for
the next decade, Novelis president and chairman Phil
Martens said in a statement.
The project included installing a third cold-rolling mill at
the Pindamonhangaba complex as well as a ingot casting center
and a pusher furnace for the operations hot-rolling
mill, Novelis said.
The investment bolsters Noveliss position in the
beverage can and aluminum packaging markets and should allow
the company to take advantage of expected growth in the
automotive sector as well, Novelis South America president
Tadeu Nardocci said in a statement. Thats because
Brazil has set carbon dioxide-emission reduction targets that
should see automakers looking to make lighter weight and more
fuel-efficient vehicles, he said.
Pindamonhangaba already sports the biggest aluminum recycling
center in South America and plans to expand it further,
increasing the use of aluminum scrap and developing new
alloys that contain more recycled content, Nardocci said. The
push is part of Noveliss goal of having 80-percent
recycled material in its products by 2020, he said.
Brazil recycles 98 percent of all cans sold compared with
slightly more than 50 percent in the United States, a company
spokesman said in an e-mail to AMM July 30.
Novelis said it is the only company in South America that
makes can sheet. The expansion also comes as Brazil prepares
for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, which should
see increased beverage can consumption in the country, the