Novelis, a manufacturer of aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling, has commissioned its expanded recycling plant at Aluminum Norf (Alunorf) located in Neuss.
Hannelore Kraft, North Rhine, Westphalia’s Prime Minister, officially inaugurated the new plant in a function in which, customers, local official members and company representatives gathered. The plant is the largest aluminum rolling system worldwide with 2170 employees and is a joint project of Novelis and Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products. The twin-chamber melting furnace and the processing plant were also inaugurated at the ceremony to enable recycling of aluminum particles of about 50,000 Mt per year supplied to the Alunorf‘s mills.
The company’s new recycling plant at Alunorf ensures processing of aluminum scraps from the customers of Novelis throughout Europe including customers from its own plant. The recycling center expansion project was started in the year 2009 at Alunorf using funds from its partner, Hydro and this plant marks the second phase of the project. This current expansion at Alunorf will result in 100,000 Mt of recycling operations per year.
Tadeu Nardocci, President of Novelis Europe and the company’s Senior Vice President, said that the current expansion of the recycling centre is beneficial for the company’s employees, customers, and the environment. Nardocci added that the centre will ensure a stable metal source for rolling operations at Alunorf and will minimize CO2 emission.
Only 5% of energy will be required to produce aluminum from raw materials while utilizing rcycled aluminum as the input material, which avoids 95% of the greenhouse gases related with the production of primary aluminum.