DETROIT, July 15 /CNW/ -- Novelis Inc. has been selected by BMW to supply
aluminum sheet for the lightweight hoods of its all-new X6 crossover SUV.
Novelis is the world's leading supplier of high performance aluminum sheet for
use in automotive applications.
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"The X6 is yet another landmark vehicle from BMW, and we are proud that
Novelis was chosen to supply our advanced aluminum sheet for the vehicle's
hood," said Pat McNulty, Automotive Market Director for Novelis in North
The X6 combines the height and all-wheel drive capability of an SUV with
the body styling of a coupe -- a new segment of automobiles that BMW calls the
Sports Activity Coupe. The X6 boasts a strong and sturdy body, says the
automaker, developed with a focus on "intelligent lightweight construction."
Novelis also supplies aluminum sheet for a number of other BMW models in
both the U.S. and Europe, including the 3 Series, the 5 Series and the 7
Series, as well as the X5 and the Z4. Aluminum for the X6 and other models
produced in the U.S. is supplied from Novelis' manufacturing plants in Oswego,
NY, and Kingston, Ont.
"Aluminum is gaining popularity because it helps cut vehicle weight,
which improves fuel economy and reduces emissions," said Buddy Stemple, vice
president of Specialty Products for Novelis in North America. "With concerns
over climate change and tough new fuel-economy regulations on the way, more
and more automakers will be turning to weight reduction to deliver the next
generation of safe and fuel-efficient vehicles."
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and
aluminum can recycling. The company operates in 11 countries, employs
approximately 12,700 people and reported revenue of $11.2 billion in fiscal
year 2008. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to
automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and printing
markets throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company
is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, Asia's largest integrated
producer of aluminum and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is the flagship
company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in
Mumbai, India. For more information on Novelis, visit www.novelis.com .
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