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High Recycled Content Aluminum Alloy for Automotive Industry

Novelis announced that its RC5754 alloy, a new automotive product designed to contain up to 75% recycled content, has been successfully integrated into the structural components of high volume production passenger vehicles, including the Jaguar XE and all new and legacy Jaguar Land Rover models. The RC5754 aluminum alloy is designed to absorb higher levels of processed automotive aluminum scrap than ever before.

RC5754 was developed as part of REALCAR (REcycled ALuminum CAR), a collaborative project between Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis, InnovateUK, and other industrial, academic, and funding partners.Launched in 2008 by Jaguar Land Rover, the REALCAR program is a multi-stakeholder initiative established to create a closed-loop vehicle production model that recycles automobiles at the end of their lifecycles and to create new materials and production systems to introduce closed-loop aluminium into Jaguar Land Rover cars.

“As a leader in alloy innovation and aluminum recycling, Novelis is honored to work with Jaguar Land Rover to help lead the automotive industry in sustainable vehicle manufacturing,” said Pierre Labat, who was recently promoted to vice president, Sales and Marketing, Global Automotive, Novelis. “Novelis’ new RC5754 alloy not only meets the high recycled content threshold required by Jaguar Land Rover’s REALCAR project, but also it delivers the strength, durability and formability specified by world-leading Jaguar Land Rover engineers.”

Information from the collaboration of Novelis and Jaguar Land Rover in developing this new product are documented in “Collaboration for a Closed-Loop Value Chain,” a case study issued in January following the companies’ participation in the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains.

Novelis currently works with many of the world’s leading automakers to deliver a variety of strong, formable and lightweight aluminum sheet products that are used in more than 180 vehicles in production today, including the new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and Range Rover. Novelis expects double-digit growth in the global use of automotive aluminum by the end of the decade, and the company is growing to meet this demand with manufacturing expansions ramping up in Europe, North America and Asia.

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