Atlanta’s rolled and recycled aluminium firm Novelis Inc. announced this week that it will be supplying aluminium to Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co., Ltd for its new Jaguar XFL. The XFL is the first Jaguar model to be assembled in the People’s Republic of China.
According to the firm, the XFL is the next iteration of Jaguar models featuring significant aluminium content, following the XE and XF models marketed in Europe. Both models contain Novelis’ proprietary aluminium alloy named Advanz in much of the vehicle’s body-in-white. Novelis indicates that the aluminium content makes the body up to 28% stiffer than previous models. Compared to ordinary steel construction, the aluminium content also aids in equipping it with some of the more complex automotive technology.
The new model is to be assembled at China’s first purpose-built plant in Changzhou. Chery Jaguar Land Rover will receive aluminium from Novelis’ plants in Changzhou, China, and Sierre, Switzerland. Novelis’ Changzhou plant is the first facility to be dedicated to producing strictly heat-treated aluminium automotive sheet. As such, it supplies automotive aluminium to vehicle manufacturers throughout the continent.
“Novelis has been working with Jaguar Land Rover to develop advanced automotive aluminum solutions for years, and we are honored to be involved with the first Jaguar model of Chery Jaguar Land Rover,” said Managing Director of Novelis China, and Vice President, Automotive, Novelis Asia James Liu. “With nearly 40 years of expertise in the global automotive industry and local production capabilities in China, Novelis is looking forward to deepening collaborations with Chery Jaguar Land Rover and further boosting automotive aluminum lightweighting applications within the Chinese market.”
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd., which is itself part of Indian multinational conglomerate Aditya Birla Group. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue.