Ford and Novelis Develop Closed Auto Aluminum Recycling Loop

Novelis recently announced the completion of a $48 million investment in its automotive scrap aluminum recycling facility in Oswego, NY. It expands upon the company’s recent growth in Oswego to meet the increased demand for aluminum automotive sheet in North America.

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The new recycling facility features scrap recovery and conversion technology designed to meet the needs of North American automakers, especially Ford, which has a closed-loop program for recycling aluminum scrap left over from production of the new F-150 pickup truck.The recycling center will enable Novelis to process as much as 10,000 metric tons (20 million lbs) of recycled scrap per month.

Novelis’ products are featured in more than 180 vehicle models on the road today. Since 2011 the aluminum company has invested more than $550 million to raise its global automotive sheet capacity to 900,000 metric tons by the end of this year.

The new 81,000 square-foot building is capable of processing, sorting and storing automotive scrap aluminum and the roads and docks leading to it were expanded to handle increased truck traffic, particularly from trucks transporting scrap aluminum from Ford’s F-150 pickup truck assembly facility in Dearborn, Mich. The same trucks used to deliver aluminum coils to Ford and other customers are used to transport the scrap back to Novelis’ Oswego plant.

“One of our top priorities is to create a sustainable supply line between Novelis and automakers, which will preserve the aluminum’s value, reduce greenhouse gases and increase economic efficiencies for our customers,” said Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President, Novelis and President, Novelis North America. “This investment will help us meet new demands of automakers as they turn towards lightweight aluminum to create more fuel-efficient vehicles.”

Aluminum scrap is melted in a furnace at up to 1,382 degrees before being cast into new aluminum at the Oswego facility.

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Novelis and Ford’s closed-loop system. Graphic: Novelis.

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