The centre will be the focal point for all R&D within the company, focused on solutions for the company's can, automotive and speciality customers. It is also the central point for all of Novelis' technical activities worldwide including engineering, manufacturing excellence and metallurgy.
Located in Kennesaw, Ga, just north of the Novelis world headquarters in Atlanta, the facility includes materials development and testing laboratories, a pilot beverage can production line and meeting space. Future plans include a small-scale aluminium rolling mill and heat treatment capabilities for finishing automotive aluminum sheet.
The centre will tackle challenges ranging from increasing fuel efficiency in automobiles to making consumer packaging and electronics products more sustainable.
Novelis is partnering with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Polytechnic State University on research opportunities, recruitment and internships for the future generation of engineers.
In addition to the global centre, Novelis has six satellite research and technology centres worldwide including the US, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and South Korea.
To learn more about the new Global R&T centre, visit http://www.novelis.com/en-us/Pages/Global-Research-and-Development.aspx.