On Wednesday, Novelis celebrated the inauguration of a new, state-of-the-art automotive aluminium sheet production line in Nachterstedt, Germany. The €62 million investment will increase Novelis’ production capacity for the automotive industry in Europe to 350,000 metric tons annually and will create 56 new jobs at the Nachterstedt facility. With this expansion, Novelis has strengthened its position as one of the largest employers in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
During the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Reiner Haselhoff, First Minister of Saxony-Anhalt, and Steve Fisher, President and CEO of Novelis, addressed key automotive customers, employees and local influencers to discuss the continued importance of the Nachterstedt facility to Novelis’ global operations.
Following the inauguration ceremony, tours were conducted at the new facility as well as at the Nachterstedt Recycling Center, which operates next to the new auto production line.
Customers, employees and honorable guests gather to see the new heat treatment line[/caption]
Thanks in large part to the excellent management by the Nachterstedt-based project team, we were able to bring this new asset online in under 18 months. This timeframe was critical given the finishing line was built and commissioned to serve new demand from our customers in Europe, as well as around the world. The new facility is designed to produce finished sheet around the clock to serve increasing industry demand.
Since 2011, Novelis has invested more than $550 million globally to triple its automotive sheet capacity up to 900,000 metric tons. With this expansion, the company widens its global manufacturing operations to serve the rapidly growing automotive market. The technology used in the new Nachterstedt finishing line is identical to that of the lines recently commissioned in the United States and China, providing Novelis’ global customers with the highest level of quality and consistency regardless of location.
As the world’s leading supplier of aluminium flat rolled products, we are proud to partner with leading automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Ford to supply the next generation of aluminium vehicles. Novelis aluminium can be found in more than 180 different vehicle models in production today. Together with our customers, we are developing innovative aluminium alloy solutions for high volume production that achieve high levels of strength, safety and performance.