Novelis begins construction of German aluminium recycling plant


The ground has been broken on a £155 million aluminium recycling and casting centre at the Novelis plant in Nachterstedt, Germany.

Constructed adjacent to the company’s existing aluminium rolling mill, the new centre will enable the company to produce 400,000 tonnes of aluminium sheet ingot from recycled material annually when opened. It is projected to be the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre.


It will process used beverage cans and other forms of aluminium scrap from across continental Europe when the facility opens in the middle of 2014.

Novelis chief executive and president Phil Martens said: “This investment represents another step in delivering our commitment to dramatically increase the recycled content of the rolled aluminium sheet we provide to our world-class global customers while also signifying our long term commitment to the European market.

“The advanced sorting, processing and casting capabilities of the new Nachterstedt operation will propel us closer to our goal of 80 per cent recycled content by 2020.”