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Novelis Breaks Ground on First Aluminum Auto Sheet Plant in China
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Monday, 19 Nov 2012

Novelis officially broke ground on the company's first aluminum manufacturing plant in China. The USD 100 million investment is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for rolled aluminum used in the design of a new generation of lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles.

The wholly owned plant under construction in Changzhou in the Jiangsu Province will have a capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year, further strengthening Novelis' position as the world's largest producer of aluminum sheet products used to create vehicle structures and body panels. Startup of the new facility, the industry's first automotive sheet plant in China is planned for late 2014.

Located in the heart of the Changzhou National Hi Tech District, the new facility will be close to vital rail lines, the Changzhou deep water port on the Yangtze River and other world class business and commercial infrastructure. The company plans to ship rolled aluminum coils manufactured at its South Korean operations to the new facility in Changzhou for heat treatment and finishing before delivery to automotive customers within China as well as to export markets.

Mr James Liu MD of Novelis China said that the expansion is in direct response to customer demand. Our close relationships with world class automakers are driving our long term strategy to support their vehicle production expansions around the globe. We expect demand for automotive aluminum sheet in China to exceed the 25% compound annual growth rate expected across the globe over the next five years, as auto manufacturers strive for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions."

Mr Shashi Maudgal president of Novelis Asia said that "The new Novelis plant in China embraces the latest environmental features including world class energy managements systems, solar hot water heating, CO2 control and best-in-class water efficiency. 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."

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