Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, announced this week that its Kingston plant will be supplying aluminum to be used in the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 body.
Kingston will be supplying GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan, while the company’s plant in Changzhou, China will supply GM’s Shanghai factory that will manufacture the CT6 for the Chinese market.
“Novelis has been supplying automotive aluminum solutions for premium and performance vehicles for more than 40 years, and the Cadillac CT6 is one of the most advanced body structures we’ve ever worked on,” said Pierre Labat, Vice President, Global Automotive, Novelis. “We are proud to be the lead global supplier of aluminum to this new and innovative vehicle program on two continents.”
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The Cadillac CT6’s body is constructed of 62 percent aluminum. The use of aluminum, along with advanced joining techniques, has allowed the Cadillac to benefit from a significant weight savings – compared to a similar size vehicle that primarily utilizes high-strength steel, the CT6 is approximately 220 pounds (100 kg) lighter.
The Kingston Novelis plant, located at 1 Lappans Lane, was founded in 1940 as the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) and supplied aluminum materials for the military during World War II. During the 1960s and 1970s, as described by Novelis, the plant was responsible for research and manufacturing of aluminum sheet metal, cans and supplies for major industries such as automotive, transportation, beverage and packaging. Novelis Kingston now produces aluminum for automotive, transportation and other industrial applications
Novelis operates in 11 countries, has approximately 12,000 employees and reported $10 billion in revenue for its 2016 fiscal year. Its automotive aluminum sheet is used in 180 vehicle models currently in production by major OEMs around the globe.
For more information, visit the Novelis website.