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May 28, 2021

Novelis aluminium to reduce Qashqai weight

Lightweighting trends are seeing Novelis secure Nissan aluminium contract

By Simon Warburton

Novelis’ aluminium will feature in Nissan’s Qashqai in the bonnet and doors to reduce weight.

Through Novelis’ global Customer Solution Centre network, engineers have shown automakers light-weighting with aluminium doors and bonnets is a way to reduce weight.

Using aluminium, the Qashqai has achieved 21kg of the total 60kg of body-in-white weight savings compared to the previous model. Novellis maintains this demonstrates the growing trend by many major automakers to increase aluminium adoption in smaller vehicle segments and high-volume production models.

“We are delighted to provide Nissan with sustainable aluminium body sheet solutions as they continue to design lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles with reduced life-cycle emissions,” said Novelis Europe VP Automotive, Michael Hahne.

“Novelis is positioned to meet the increasing demand for automotive aluminium given its global footprint and ability to develop sustainable solutions. We look forward to working with Nissan as they continue to adopt more aluminium and increase their recycling capabilities.”

Novelis and Nissan are also committed to achieving a more sustainable manufacturing process by establishing a closed-loop recycling system. Working together, Novelis will deliver aluminium material from its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany to Nissan’s car plant in Sunderland, UK, where it will then collect the manufacturing scrap and return it to the supplier’s recycling centres in Europe to be cast and rolled again for production by Nissan.

This process creates a circular supply chain that helps both companies achieve their sustainability goals.

Novelis adds its ambition is to be the world’s leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminium solutions that advance its business, industry and society toward the benefits of a circular economy.

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