Using the example of the 2015 Ford F-150, our plant in Oswego, NY melts down aluminum scrap and recycles it back into usable metal for auto parts such as hoods and doors. Once melted, the aluminum is cast into ingots, fabricated and rolled into sheet coils and delivered to our customers for stamping, assembly, painting and finishing. The left over scrap then goes back into the same trucks to be shipped back to Oswego for remelting and recycling, beginning the process again…and again, and again. That’s the beauty of working with aluminum, an infinitely recyclable material.
This evening in Davos, Switzerland, on the eve of the World Economic Forum 2015 Annual Meeting, Novelis was recognized as a leader in the circular economy alongside such prestigious brands as Dell Inc., Nike, Unilever, Method Products, Lyft and others.
As runner-up in the Pioneer category of The Circular Economy Awards, Novelis was honored for demonstrating circular economy innovation within an established organization. The winner in this category was Dell Inc. Winners and runners-up were selected from more than 200 award entries submitted from organizations around the world, and we are proud to be one of them.
It was an incredible evening spent with others who share our passion to establish a more sustainable way of doing business around the world.
As a panelist at the Automotive News World Congress during this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), I have the opportunity to discuss vehicle innovation. In the past year, the industry has made many strides in advancing automotive technology, streamlining the manufacturing process and creating innovative new supply-side materials; however, there are still many issues we must face collectively to advance as an industry.
How will tomorrow’s vehicles live up to today’s increasing consumer, regulatory and environmental pressures? How will automakers continue to reimagine the automobile, keeping in mind the consumer’s need for performance, as well as increasing fuel economy standards in nations around the world?
These are questions we cannot answer in silos. Rather, the key to innovation is collaboration. The vehicles of tomorrow will be multi-material, using aluminum, steel, carbon fiber and other materials in concert to meet market demands and pressures. Playing one pivotal role will be aluminum, a rising material of choice that offers safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective ways of boosting fuel economy while cutting carbon emissions to suit the evolving needs of manufacturers.
Our new aluminum alloys lead the way for manufacturers to meet new industry standards for fuel economy, safety, performance and durability. Aluminum provides strength and controlled energy absorption for superior support, dent resistance and passenger protection for added safety without increasing overall weight. At the same time, retaining enough flexibility to fit a wide range of new, streamlined automotive body design styles. These innovations are providing manufacturers with new opportunities and ushering in an accelerated transition to aluminum across the industry.
Car makers around the world are switching to aluminum intensive solutions to improve fuel efficiency, performance and sustainability in vehicles ranging from pickup trucks and SUVs to sports cars. From the 2015 Ford F-150 to the Jaguar XE, Novelis aluminum is everywhere. But how? This infographic gives a quick look at how aluminum vehicles are made – and recycled – providing greater sustainability on and off the road.
Today marks our 10-year anniversary as Novelis. On January 6, 2005, the company was formed as a spin-off from aluminum producer Alcan. At the time, we were a brand new company backed by a nearly 100-year history in the aluminum rolling business. It was the best of both worlds.