Aluminum manufacturer Novelis Inc. has commissioned a
$200-million expansion of its rolling operations in Oswego,
N.Y. The expansion increases the companys North American
capacity for producing aluminum sheet for the automotive
industry by 240,000 tons, five times its previous capacity in
expansion in North America is an important piece of our global
strategy in a market that is experiencing explosive growth,"
Novelis president and chief executive officer Phil Martens said
in a statement. "We are aggressively increasing our capacity to
produce automotive sheet worldwide and we are well positioned
to extend our leadership in this strategic market segment."
began construction on two high-performance aluminum processing
lines for automotive applications at its Oswego facility in
2011 in response to escalating demand for automotive aluminum
sheet in the United States, the company said.
commissioning marks an important milestone in Novelis
ongoing commitment to serving the automotive industry," Marco
Palmieri, senior vice president and president of Novelis North
America, said in a statement. "Intensive use of aluminum in
vehicles is growing more than 25 percent a year. Not only does
this expansion allow us to respond to the rapidly increasing
demand for aluminum automotive sheet, it also plays a key role
in our ongoing recycling efforts to further improve the
sustainability of aluminum in vehicles."
facility is an integrated recycling, hot-rolling and
cold-rolling complex producing aluminum sheet for the beverage
can, automotive and building and construction industries.