Novelis Wins Aluminum Contract for BMW X6

2008-07-15 08:51:00

    DETROIT, July 15 /EMWPresswire/ -- 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.



    



    "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

America.



    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."



    About Novelis



    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

http://www.novelis.com .





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