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Change unlikely for Novelis in the UK

There is no indication that anything will change in the UK operations of Novelis after the company entered into a definitive agreement for a buyout.

Addressing the South West Recycling Forum in Weston-Super-Mare, national manager Andy Doran said that the transaction with Indian-based Hindalco Industries should not have too much of an effect on how it conducts its business in this country.

The company was formed following a spin off by Alcan, so change is not a new concept to the company. It will continue its investment on aluminium can collections but will now just be owned out of Mumbai. 

Addressing the conference on quality of material received, Doran stated that the UK must make increasing efforts to match the quality of material derived from other parts of Europe.

He said: Currently, around 80% of the material we receive is good quality, but the 20% that isnt is growing and this is perhaps because of collection practices.

It is an ongoing challenge with plastic PET bottle contamination presenting a fire risk. They may enter the mix from companies not cleaning the baler or bunker properly and cause the coater to overheat. But anything that isnt aluminium will affect the melt mix and this is something we need to pay attention to.

But with its low weight and high value added to the fact it is easily recovered from households, Doran sees a bright future for collections as long as standards arent allowed to slip further.

 

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