Novelis Inc. has announced an investment of $175 million at its Pindamonhangaba plant, located in the Paraíba Valley between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The expansion of the company's flagship facility in South America will benefit the organisation's beverage can and specialty customers by bolstering capacity with 100 kilotonnes of additional rolling production and 60 kilotonnes of increased recycling. These expansions will bring total capacity of the Pindamonhangaba facility to approximately 680 kilotonnes per year of aluminium sheet and 450 kilotonnes annually of recycled metal.
The investment also includes a new water sourcing system and the purchase of approximately 90 acres of land for potential future growth.
"This investment in additional rolling and recycling capacity further strengthens our commitment to the South American region and better positions us to meet our customers' needs," said Steve Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Novelis Inc. "Our focus on establishing another reliable water source also helps us further deliver on our purpose of shaping a sustainable world together."
Construction on these expansions to the Pindamonhangaba plant will officially begin in February 2019 and are expected to be complete in 2021. The project includes an increase in sheet ingot, hot mill and recycling production and complementary improvements. The project should create more than 50 new jobs.
"Sustainability is the backbone of our business model and this expansion project is fully aligned with this vision," said Tadeu Nardocci, Senior Vice President of Novelis Inc. and President of Novelis South America. "Pindamonhangaba plant is already the largest centre of rolled products and aluminium recycling in South America. With this expansion, Novelis solidifies its leadership position and creates new opportunities to offer innovative solutions to its customers."
Novelis will have the support of Investe SP, a São Paulo Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Competitiveness.
"It's very important for the state of São Paulo to contribute to this high value-added project. São Paulo needs initiatives like this that promote the economic, social and environmental development of the state. Investe's role is to help companies to install or develop their businesses and in doing so, improve economic potential, generate jobs, income and increase the production supply chain and logistics involved," said Sérgio Costa, the agency's director.