Aluminum rolling and recycling company Novelis recently broke ground on a $250 million aluminum recycling and casting center at its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany. The operation is projected to be the world’s largest aluminum recycling center.
The new center will process used beverage cans and other forms of aluminum scrap from across continental Europe. Novelis says the center will enable the company to produce 400,000 metric tons of aluminum sheet ingot from recycled material every year.
“The advanced sorting, processing and casting capabilities of the new Nachterstedt operation will propel us closer to our goal of 80 percent recycled content by 2020,” said Phil Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer for Novelis in a press release.
The new center is expected to create 200 new jobs when it opens in 2014.
The process of recycling aluminum represents major cost savings over the production of new aluminum, as well as significant environmental benefits. Using recycled aluminum requires only about 5 percent of the energy used to create aluminum from raw materials, thus saving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gases.
Novelis supplies aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, electronics and printing markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America.