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Novelis 'can recycle more' in the UK

Aluminium recycler Novelis is looking to increase the number of scrap metal suppliers within the UK as part of a global strategy to increase its footprint.

The recycler completed work last year to create a closed loop with its automotive customers, including Jaguar and Land Rover, following a £6m investment in its Warrington recycling facility.

Novelis has invested half a billion dollars during the past few years in expansion, which included the launch of the world’s largest aluminium recycling plant in Nachterstedt, Germany, at a cost of £160m.

The investment in Germany allowed the firm to take scrap from within Europe,allowing its UK plant to focus on domestic customers.

Novelis, the world’s largest recycler of aluminium cans, has since been looking to increase the number of scrap metal suppliers within the UK and said it gained a number of leads at the recent RWM show.

Andy Doran, senior manager for sustainability and recycling development, said: “We are growing our sourcing of cans, which is in single figures, and we are trying to grow these into double digits.

“It was never the case that it was growing something in Germany and reducing something else. It’s about growing our overall footprint to make our recycling business even stronger. We are growing in all areas – it’s win, win.”

The investment in the Warrington facility included a dedicated furnace, baling equipment and upgrading furnace equipment, and has created up to 30 full-time equivalent jobs.

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