United States – According to the CEO of aluminium giant Novelis, Phil Martens, the company is preparing to start production of a line of fully-recycled aluminium cans in roughly the next two years.
The 100%-recycled beverage can will be manufactured with a single-alloy design rather than with separate alloys for the can body and end sheet. Mr Martens states: ‘It is going to take a few years. The first step was to prove it was feasible.’
He first announced the innovation at American Metal Market’s 2nd Annual Aluminum Summit in New York, where he explained it is part of his company’s objective to achieve 50% recycled content in all its products by 2015. An ambitious 80% target has been set for 2020 compared to the current 39% of recycled content.
If Novelis’ new venture is successful, an updated annealing process will greatly simplify the manufacturing process, with the whole can based on the same alloy.
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