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Novelis starts building first aluminum plant in China

CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu – Novelis, a U.S. company in aluminum rolling and recycling, officially broke ground on the company’s first aluminum manufacturing plant in China with $100 million investment here on November 14, according to a company news release.

The wholly-owned plant will have a capacity of 120,000 metric tons per year. As the largest producer of aluminum sheet products for creating vehicle structures and body panels, Novelis expects a startup of the new facility for late 2014 to meet the rapidly growing customer demand.

Novelis plans to ship rolled aluminum coils manufactured at its South Korean operations to the facility in Changzhou for heat treatment and finishing before delivery to automotive customers within China as well as to export markets.

The company is designing its new facility with latest environmental features including world class energy managements systems and water efficiency, said Shashi Maudgal, president of Novelis Asia. “These efforts are consistent with the carbon neutral objectives of government leaders in China, and we are pleased to partner with them on creating a sustainable business operation,” he noted.

Novelis operated in 11 countries with more than 11,000 employees and reported revenues of $11.1 billion for fiscal year 2012. It also recovers aluminum scrap from carmakers’ stamping process to recycle and recreate aluminum sheet for new vehicles.

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