April 10, 2012
Novelis to build first manufacturing plant in China
Newest automotive expansion provides unmatched global footprint
Shanghai – Novelis Inc., the world’s leading producer of premium aluminium rolled products, has signed an agreement with the Changzhou National Hi-Tech district to build the company’s first automotive sheet manufacturing facility in China. The agreement, which includes land use rights to more than 160 acres, was signed at a formal ceremony in Changzhou city in the Jiangsu province of China.
Novelis is the world’s leading producer of rolled aluminium for the global automotive market and the leading provider of aluminium sheet to the rapidly expanding Chinese automobile industry. The wholly-owned $100 million plant will have a capacity of 120,000 metric tonnes per year and is expected to be commissioned in late 2014.
“The agreement we signed today marks another important milestone in the execution of Novelis’ global strategy,” said Mr. Philip Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novelis. “This latest investment in world-class manufacturing assets further solidifies Novelis’ position as the partner-of-choice for global automotive manufacturers, seeking to drive fuel efficiency, high performance and innovative design in current and next-generation vehicles. Aluminium is a sustainable choice for automotive customers with its infinite recyclability and low weight that helps reduce vehicle emissions.”
Novelis expects demand for aluminium in the global automotive sector to grow at a compound annual rate of 25 per cent over the next five years as auto manufacturers look for ways to make their vehicles more fuel efficient. The move into China will position Novelis as the only aluminium sheet supplier capable of serving automotive customers in all major markets of the world. Novelis is the leader in automotive sheet supply in Europe where light-weight aluminium has become a popular alternative to steel for vehicle makers. And, as previously announced, to meet growing demand in North America the company is expanding its footprint there with a $200 million project to increase automotive sheet capacity by 200,000 tonnes per year.
Located in the heart of the Changzhou National Hi-Tech district, the new site is close to vital rail lines, the Changzhou deep water port on the Yangtze river and other world-class businesses and commercial infrastructure. The company plans to ship rolled aluminium 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. Current Novelis auto sheet customers include Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo, among others.
“Our intention is to grow our leadership position in the Chinese marketplace,” said Mr. Erwin Mayr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer for Novelis. “Within Asia, China will have the highest demand growth for flat-rolled aluminium products. In addition to automotive, we expect Asian demand for aluminium used in beverage cans and consumer electronics to more than double by 2020. This site will allow us to address future expansion opportunities in such premium market sectors.”
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminium rolled products and aluminium can recycling. The company operates in 11 countries, has nearly 11,000 employees and reported revenue of $10.6 billion in fiscal year 2011. Novelis supplies premium aluminium sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, electronics and printing markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited (BSE: HINDALCO), one of Asia's largest integrated producers of aluminium and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit www.novelis.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Novelis.
Statements made in this news release, which describe Novelis’ intentions, expectations or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Examples of forward-looking statements in this news release include anticipated plant capacity and expected aluminium demand growth in Asia. Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty. We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important risk factors which could impact outcomes are included under the caption 'Risk Factors' in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2011.