Hindalco’s Novelis and Smart Press Shop, Germany, create closed-loop-recycling system – ET Auto

Recycling bales at Novelis’ Nachterstedt Recycling Center

New Delhi: Novelis Europe, a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminium and copper, and the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, has started operations of a closed-loop-recycling partnership with Smart Press Shop (SPS), a joint venture between Porsche AG and Schuler Group based in Halle (Saale), Germany, Novelis said in a media release on Thursday.

The Mumbai-based leading sustainable aluminium solutions provider and the world leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, supplies aluminium flat rolled products from its Nachterstedt, Germany, plant to the Smart Press Shop and brings production scrap generated during SPS’ manufacturing process back to Nachterstedt.

 Closed-loop recycling process
Closed-loop recycling process

Novelis recycles the scrap and converts it into new, high-quality rolled sheet, which is then returned to SPS and re-enters its production loop where it is made into sustainable lightweight automotive body parts. Recycling aluminium requires 95% less energy to produce than primary aluminium, with commensurate savings in CO2 emissions. As such, the Novelis-SPS partnership is projected to reduce carbon emissions by up to 100,000 tonne a year, the release said.

SPS is focused on sustainably and efficiently producing the highest quality components for automotive exteriors, such as door panels and hood skins. SPS selected Novelis as a trusted partner due to its proven success in developing and implementing closed-loop-recycling systems around the globe for leading automakers, such as BMW, VOLVO, Nissan, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, among others. In the automotive industry, recycling programs are a major contributor to achieving carbon reduction goals and the use of infinitely recyclable aluminium has been central to those efforts.

“SPS and Novelis are ideal partners to advance the automotive industry closer to achieving the standards of a circular economy through sustainable material sourcing and production. At Novelis, we have a remarkable story to tell about our closed-loop-recycling innovations. From our objective of achieving zero waste-to-landfills to becoming carbon neutral, we take our responsibility as a global sustainability leader very seriously and look forward to all that we can achieve with SPS,” Michael Hahne, Vice President, Automotive, Novelis Europe, said.

SPS optimizes material recovery rates by using innovative, digitized processes and state-of-the-art laser cutting technology in manufacturing exterior vehicle body parts. In addition, the proximity of the Halle plant to Novelis’ Nachterstedt Recycling Center enhances environmental sustainability due to reduced transport time.

“High-end car customers have a clear vision of what they expect manufacturers to provide, and in addition to premium quality, sustainability is playing an increasing role. With our partner Novelis, we are able to take intelligent automotive designs and manufacturing to new heights by making more efficient, sustainable automotive components and increasing the resiliency of our supply chain,” Hendrik Rothe, Managing Director, SPS.said.

Novelis and SPS have already secured initial projects for premium car manufacturers focused on light-weighting and the two companies are working together to extend the supply of sustainable aluminium car body parts to additional automakers. The partners are constantly seeking new opportunities and working to scale the closed-loop-recycling program to achieve even greater CO2 savings, the release added.

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