Novelis plans investment to upgrade Oswego rolling mill

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Novelis Inc. plans to invest USD130m to upgrade its Oswego, NY rolling mill in order to meet growing customer demand for sustainable, aluminium rolled products.

The upgrade investment will enable Novelis to increase hot rolling mill capacity by 124,000 tpy at the plant, which serves the can, automotive and specialty products markets, as well as enhance finishing capabilities for automotive sheet.

Rolling mill upgrade improves energy efficiency

The new investment includes upgrades to the plant’s hot reversing mill motors and drive train and hot finishing mill coolant systems, as well as an enhancement of batch annealing capabilities. In line with Novelis’ sustainability goal to reduce energy use by 10 % by 2026, the project will also enhance energy-efficiency at the plant. This investment further strengthens the plant’s position for additional recycled aluminium inputs and increased recycled content across its product lines in the future. The investment projects will begin in spring 2022 and are expected to be completed in 2024.

“By investing in modern, energy-efficient upgrades in Oswego, we aim to sustain and grow important partnerships with our valued customers,” said Tom Boney, president of Novelis North America. “These upgrades also strengthen Novelis’ ability to thrive in Oswego as a great place to work and a partner to the community.”

Investment strengthens automotive business

The investment follows the successful expansion of significant automotive finishing capabilities and recycling capacity at the Oswego plant over the last decade. These investments included the addition of more than 300,000 t of automotive finishing capacity and the expansion of the recycling centre, which processes roughly 25m pounds of automotive aluminium scrap per month. Using recycled aluminium requires significantly less energy and water and avoids 95 % of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminium production.

Automotive sheet from Novelis for making structural components and exterior body panels can be found in more than 225 vehicle models produced by leading automakers around the globe. Novelis aluminium is designed to support safe, sustainable and cost-effective ways to lightweight vehicles and commercial trucks that result in better performance and agility, increased fuel economy and reduced carbon emissions.

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