Novelis says its RC5754 alloy, a new automotive product designed to contain up to 75% recycled content, has been successfully integrated into the structural components of high volume production passenger vehicles.
First introduced in the new Jaguar XE, the RC5754 alloy will also be featured in all new and legacy JLR models.
Learnings from the collaboration of Novelis and JLR in developing this new product are documented in ‘Collaboration for a Closed-Loop Value Chain,’ a case study issued in January following the companies’ participation in the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains.
“As a leader in alloy innovation and aluminium recycling, Novelis is honoured to work with JLR to help lead the automotive industry in sustainable vehicle manufacturing,” said Novelis Europe vice president, automotive, Pierre Labat.
“Novelis’ new RC5754 alloy not only meets the high recycled content threshold required by JLR’s Realcar project, but also it delivers the strength, durability and formability specified by JLR engineers.”
Labat was recently promoted to vice president, sales and marketing, Global Automotive, effective 1 April.
Launched in 2008 by JLR, the Realcar programme is an initiative established to create a closed-loop vehicle production model, which recycles vehicles at the end of their lifecycles.
The RC5754 aluminium alloy, developed by Novelis to serve the Realcar programme, is designed to absorb higher levels of processed automotive aluminium scrap than before.
Novelis currently works with many automakers to deliver a variety of formable and lightweight aluminium sheet products, which are used in more than 180 vehicles in production, including the new aluminium-bodied Ford F-150 and Range Rover.
Novelis expects double-digit growth in the global use of automotive aluminium by the end of the decade and the company is growing to meet this demand with manufacturing expansions ramping up in Europe, North America and Asia.