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Novelis Latchford Lock, United Kingdoms

Novelis is the world’s leading recycler of aluminium, recycling around 42 billion used beverage cans globally every year. The plant produces ingots for the beverage can manufacturing industry and has the capacity to recycle around 150,000 tonnes of used beverage cans (UBCs) per annum.

Mechatherm have installed a new 42T Static Reverb Melting Furnace and a 25T Scrap charging machine at Novelis Latchfords GPP Plant. Novelis are a world leading company in the production of rolled Aluminum products for the most demanding global products cross multiple disciplines and are also the largest recycler within the Aluminum recycling business. It was therefore a great achievement for Mechatherm to be able to work alongside Novelis.

Novelis recycling contracted Mechatherm in 2011 to ask that we conduct a survey at their GPP plant within their Latchford Locks Works to assess the feasibility of installing a new static melting furnace and dedicated scrap charging machine that will give them the capability to hold a capacity of 42T of Aluminum with a 15T/h melt rate. Novelis were looking to build the melting furnace in order to replace an existing melting furnace. The new furnace was to be used to feed an existing holding furnace and VDC slab casting machine within the GPP plant, or transfer to crucibles for the existing furnaces.

In order to gain the correct information for the study Mechatherm were allowed to conduct a site survey to ascertain key measurements of the building layout, levels machinery and other relevant products and procedures. This information was then used to come up with a feasibility plan for Novelis which took into account the positions and access to existing equipment within their plant.

The feasibility study later developed into an enquiry to install the furnace and scrap charging machine which Mechatherm proceeded to bid and win the contract.

Due to Mechatherm having conducted the feasibility study for Novelis we were already aware of the scope that the client required and the operations within the plant. This allowed us to both gain the clients trust and to allow us to produce a proposal and later on a final product that the client would be happy with.

The products were successfully installed at the GPP plant late 2015.

BENEFITS OF THIS SOLUTION:

  • Fast & efficient melt rates
  • Improved metal recovery
  • Increased throughput
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Processes all scrap types
  • Advanced oxy-fuel technology
  • Safe & user friendly