Novelis Expands Finishing Line At Oswego, New York, Manufacturing Plant
Installed to support the production of stronger, lighter and safer vehicles, the line represents Novelis' latest investment of $120 million to expand high-strength aluminum alloy supply for Ford F-Series trucks, America's best-selling truck for 39 years and best-selling vehicle for 34 years.
The third and newest automotive finishing line in Oswego will produce aluminum sheet for the body and cargo box of the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty lineup, helping to reduce the overall vehicle weight by up to 350 pounds so the all-new Super Duty can tow and haul more than ever, company officials said.
"As a result of our investments across the globe, Novelis is able to offer our automotive customers unique advantages and benefits through automotive lines such as this one in Oswego," said Steve Fisher, President/CEO, Novelis. "Automakers are seeking alternative materials to cut vehicle weight while maintaining strength and safety requirements. With investments in Asia,Europe and North America, Novelis has the global footprint, assets and expertise to meet the needs of automakers in every major auto-producing region."
"Novelis works closely alongside our automotive customers to meet their precise and exact demands," said Marco Palmieri, SVP/President, Novelis North America. "The passion for excellence among our employees in Oswego and throughout North America has made possible this latest automotive expansion. It is a testament to our commitment to help our automotive customers bring to market the lightweight vehicles of the future."
During the past five years, Novelis has expanded its ability to serve the North American automotive market by installing and commissioning three automotive finishing lines in Oswego, creating more than 460 jobs. This $400 million investment also includes the world's largest closed-loop recycling program, which processes roughly 25 million pounds of automotive aluminum scrap per month.
According to company officials, Novelis is the only automotive supplier producing high-strength, military-grade aluminum on all three major auto-producing continents -- North America, Europe and Asia -- in Oswego, New York; Kingston, Ontario; Sierre, Switzerland; Nachterstedt and Gottingen, Germany; and Changzhou, China. Novelis automotive aluminum is featured in more than 180 vehicle models currently in production by the world's leading automakers. Novelis is also a key supplier for the Ford F-150, supplied from Novelis' plant in Oswego.
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