Atlanta’s rolled aluminium firm Novelis said this week that it is the new aluminium body sheet to Nissan for its all-new Qashqai SUV.
Novelis said that the partnership would create a closed-loop recycling system in Europe. The firm will be supplying Nissan with aluminium sheet for the hood and doors of the strong-selling C-segment SUV.
Nissan’s use of aluminium has accounted for 46 lbs of the 132 lbs shaved from the prior model. Novelis says this is further proof of the trend for automakers to incorporate aluminium in doors and hoods in order to reduce overall weight.
Michael Hahne, VP Automotive, Novelis Europe, said in a press release:
“We are delighted to provide Nissan with sustainable aluminium body sheet solutions as they continue to design lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles with reduced life-cycle emissions. Novelis is uniquely positioned to meet the increasing demand for automotive aluminium given its unmatched global footprint and ability to develop innovative, sustainable solutions. We look forward to working with Nissan as they continue to adopt more aluminium and increase their recycling capabilities.”
Novelis will supply Nissan’s assembly line in Sunderland, United Kingdom with aluminium sheet from its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany. It will also close the aluminium loop by shipping scrap aluminium from the plant in the UK back to Novelis’s recycling centers on the continent.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$11.2 billion in net sales for the most recent fiscal year.