At Novelis, customers are at the heart of our operations. Our dedication to innovation and manufacturing excellence drives everything we do, enabling us to consistently provide our customers with the reliable supply of premium rolled aluminum products they need to meet their own customers’ needs.
Aluminum Manufacturing Capabilities At Novelis
At Novelis, we’re thinking about tomorrow’s products today. Our rolled aluminum manufacturing capabilities produce a product that is lightweight, yet robust and easy to work with, making it the ideal material for a host of applications. Aluminum is the future, from automobiles to architecture to consumer electronics. And aluminum is not only economical in manufacturing and use; its 100 percent recyclability makes it the perfect material for modern living.
Our ONE Approach – Only Excellence
Novelis produces close to 20 percent of the world’s rolled aluminum products and we are strategically located on the four continents where aluminum demand is the greatest: North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Our dedication, innovation and leadership have made us the number one producer of rolled aluminum in Europe and South America, and the number two producer in North America and Asia. We also are the world’s largest recycler of used beverage cans, which comprise a critical input to our operations. Quite simply, recycling is a core element of our manufacturing process.
We realize that our success in the marketplace would be impossible without our customers and our people. That’s why our uncompromising One Novelis philosophy focuses on safely producing premium rolled aluminum products by leveraging the unique value of our people and manufacturing excellence that focuses on capacity utilization, recovery rates and productivity.
We offer our customers leading-edge rolling and metal solidification technologies and advanced recycling capabilities around the world. Our rolled aluminum manufacturing process focuses on excellence and sustainability. Novelis recycles 40 billion used beverage cans a year, and is committed to recycling even more aluminum from the household and commercial waste stream, as well as other sources of scrap or used aluminum. This commitment is not just an environmental mandate; it strikes to the very heart of our corporate philosophy.
Unique Characteristics of Aluminum
Aluminum is the material of choice due to its:
- 100% recyclability
- Light weight, strength and formability
- High electrical and thermal conductivity
- Weather resistance
- Mechanical and processing properties
- High reflection capacity
- Hygienic and nontoxic properties
Our Manufacturing Process
The manufacturing of aluminum is a complex process, from purchasing of raw material to distribution to the customer. Every step requires a dedicated, unwavering commitment to manufacturing excellence in order to assure the perfect product that our global customers expect from us.
The final product characteristics are a result of specific parameters such as the chemical composition of the alloy, thermal processing/annealing and the amount of work hardening present in the finished coil. Modifications to these critical factors will create the variety of alloys and tempers that are commercially available.
Novelis is a global leader in aluminum product development, delivering innovations in rolled aluminum manufacturing. We have achieved this leadership role thanks to an unrelenting focus on innovation across our technical, commercial and operational teams, as well as the worldwide research and development capabilities of our Global Technical Organization. Our researched and tested innovations are transferred rapidly to Novelis teams and facilities around the world, allowing us to develop new solutions for our operations and for our customers.
With world-class expertise in a range of critical disciplines, our scientists and engineers assist our customers in immediate-need projects or address longer-term solutions to provide innovative production and application technologies, including:
- Alloy development and optimization for improved properties, including strength, formability and corrosion resistance
- Molten metal and advanced solidification technology
- Advanced surface treatment and coating technologies
- Modeling of forming processes for applications such as automotive and can products
- Development of innovative products, such as heat exchanger materials, automotive sheet, beverage cans and semi-rigid containers