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Novelis announces closed loop facility in Kentucky

Novelis is investing US$ 365 million (EUR 322 million) to build an advanced aluminium recycling facility for the automotive sector in North America. 

The new unit will be built alongside an existing vehicle finishing plant in Gethrie, Kentucky and will have an annual casting capacity of 240 000 tonnes. Novelis says it expects the facility to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by more than one million tonnes each year.

In a ‘closed loop’ process, aluminium scrap remaining after parts are stamped from sheets will be remade into the same product for new vehicle production. The facility will also have the capability to process aluminium from end-of-life vehicles. Using recycled aluminium as input material requires only 5% of the energy used to make primary aluminium.  

‘Novelis aims to be the world’s leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminium solutions that advance our business, industry and society toward the benefits of a circular economy,’ says Steve Fisher, Novelis president and ceo. ‘Through this investment, we will continue to increase the amount of recycled content in our products, reducing our COemissions and moving us closer to carbon neutrality.’  

Groundbreaking is scheduled for early this year with commissioning expected in 2024.  When fully operational, the expansion will add approximately 140 new jobs in Guthrie. Novelis has been operating in Kentucky for 37 years and employs 1 600 people in the state. In addition to its Guthrie automotive finishing facility, it operates an aluminium beverage can recycling plant in Berea and the Logan Aluminium joint venture in Russellville. 

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