Novelis recently opened China's first facility dedicated to the production of heat-treated aluminum automotive sheet. The plant, which is located in the Changzhou National Hi-Tech District, represents a $100 million investment by Novelis to expand its global footprint to serve the rapidly growing market for automotive aluminum. With an annual capacity of 120,000 metric tons, the facility will help China provide customers in Asia and abroad with high-quality automotive sheet for use in lightweight vehicle structures and body panels such as hoods, doors, fenders and lift gates.
The facility, which will be integrated with Novelis’ existing operations in Korea, gives the company automotive aluminum sheet production capability in all three of the world's major automobile-producing regions: Asia, Europe and North America. The expansion in China is in direct response to market demand. Since 2011, Novelis has invested more than $550 million globally to triple its automotive sheet capacity to 900,000 metric tons by 2015.