“The decision to end operations at Ouro Preto is consistent with our global strategy to build our business around sustainability – transforming from a linear business model to a closed-loop business model focused on recycled content,” said Tadeu Nardocci, Senior Vice President, Novelis and President, Novelis South America.
“In addition, the closure is driven by systemic issues affecting the entire primary aluminium industry in Brazil impacting cost of operations and overall competitiveness.”
The company’s Ouro Preto facility opened in 1934 and was acquired by Novelis in 1950. The plant currently employs approximately 350 people and produces 18,000 metric tons of aluminium per year in the form of billets for sale to third-party extruders.
“Our priority in the months ahead as we work towards closing the facility is to maintain safe operations while we manage the smoothest transition for our workforce, customers and the community,” said Nardocci.
Brazil remains a key strategic market for Novelis. Last year, the company completed a $340 million expansion of its rolling operations in Brazil, which increased its aluminium sheet production capacity to 600,000 metric tons per year.
In addition, Novelis recently concluded a $106 million expansion of its recycling centre and installed a new can coating line; both projects begin commercial operations this month.