Novelis, the world’s leading producer of rolled aluminum, today announced that it has been selected by Jaguar Land Rover as its sole supplier of automotive sheet products in a multi-year agreement. Under the agreement, Jaguar Land Rover secures rolled aluminum from Novelis for a wide range of Jaguar Land Rover models, helping to support the auto maker’s strategy to reduce the weight of its vehicles and thereby decrease CO2 emissions.
As a key component of the sole-supplier relationship, Novelis will recover and recycle all the automaker’s aluminum scrap. Novelis aluminum will be used in the all-new Range Rover, the world’s first Sports Utility Vehicle with a lightweight all-aluminum body structure. Use of aluminum on the vehicle has helped Jaguar Land Rover to save as much as 420kg (925lbs) of weight compared to a steel alternative.
The 2012 Range Rover features an aluminum monocoque body structure
“Novelis’ superior innovation capabilities, technology expertise and global investment strategy for delivering high-quality aluminum sheet make the company an ideal long-term partner for our own sustainable growth strategy,” said Mike Brown, Senior Purchasing Manager, Jaguar Land Rover. “Novelis shares Jaguar Land Rover’s goal of achieving the highest life-cycle sustainability and recycled content targets.”
The agreement expands the twenty-year history of close cooperation between the two companies in the development of lightweight aluminum technologies for the automotive marketplace, and further advances their collaboration on recycling aluminum used in the automotive manufacturing process.
“Novelis’ ability to deliver a secure supply of aluminum sheet will enable Jaguar Land Rover to meet the growing demand from its customers worldwide for lighter vehicles and improved fuel economy,” said Roland Harings, Vice President, Global Automotive for Novelis.
Novelis aluminum is used widely across Jaguar Land Rover’s product range, including the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK models as well as the Land Rover Defender, Discovery 4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. To meet the rapid growth in customer demand for automotive aluminum sheet worldwide, Novelis is more than doubling its global capacity dedicated to the automotive market.
Closed-loop systems for buying back, recovering and recycling aluminum scrap generated by customers during production are part of Novelis’ long-term target of achieving 80 percent recycled aluminum input by 2020. Novelis’ percentage of recycled input increased from 33 percent in fiscal 2011 to 39 percent in fiscal 2012.