A new automotive aluminium alloy that accepts increasing amounts of recycled scrap

Novelis and JLR worked together to launch REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR). This long term project, launched in 2008, aimed to create a close-loop production model using production scrap and working towards the capacity to recycle automobiles at the end of their lives, while meeting the specifications for the auto industry.

But while aluminium is infinitely recyclable, closed-loop recycling has been limited in its use and scale. So, as part of a multi-stakeholder partnership with initial grant funding from Innovate UK, Novelis and JLR worked together to launch REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR).

This long term project, launched in 2008, aimed to create a close-loop production model using production scrap and working towards the capacity to recycle automobiles at the end of their lives, while meeting the specifications for the auto industry.

Together, the two companies have created a new automotive aluminium alloy that accepts increasing amounts of recycled aluminium automotive scrap. The newly developed alloy is now used on the Jaguar XE and XJ.

JLR also invested £6.2 million to ensure that press shop metal scrap could be segregated into separate metals, with separated aluminium alloys returned directly to Novelis. As a result, a Closed-Loop Value Chain (CLVC) was created and increasing volumes of segregated high quality scrap are being returned from JLR press shops directly to Novelis, rather than entering the general scrap market

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