Italy – Aluminium processor Novelis has allocated US$ 15.8 million to construct a continuous casting line at its production facility in Pieve Emanuele, Italy.
The new line will recycle painted scrap aluminium into the metal needed to produce rolled aluminium sheet. According to the company, it aims to increase the amount of recycled metal it uses in its rolling operations around the world from 34% at present to 80% by 2020.
Emilio Braghi, General Manager of Novelis Europe, Litho and Painted Value Stream, says the move ‘will see the largest single investment in our Italian facilities in 12 years’, adding: ‘It will increase the amount of continuous caster material used for our painted products, where Novelis has an undisputed leadership in supplying premium specialty surface finishes to the European market with coil coating lines in Bresso, Gottingen and Nachterstedt.’ Installation of the new line – which will include a double-chamber melting furnace, continuous casting line and ancillary equipment – is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012, to be followed by a commissioning and ramp-up period.
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