Novelis has expanded its Oswego, N.Y., operations to add a $120-million finishing line to supply high-strength aluminum alloy for the 2017 F-Series Super Duty lineup, the supplier announced.
The line represents Novelis' latest investment to expand high-strength aluminum alloy supply for Ford F-Series trucks. Novelis is the leading automotive aluminum sheet supplier in North America, according to the company. Novelis has been a key supplier for the F-150.
"Automakers are seeking alternative materials to cut vehicle weight while maintaining strength and safety requirements," said Steve Fisher, Novelis' president and CEO. "With investments in Asia, Europe and North America, Novelis has the global footprint, assets and expertise to meet the needs of automakers in every major auto-producing region."
The third and newest automotive finishing line in Oswego will produce aluminum sheet for the body and cargo box of the 2017 Super Duty trucks, which will help to reduce the vehicle weight by up to 350 pounds.
In the past five years, Novelis has expanded its ability to serve the North American automotive market by installing and commissioning three automotive finishing lines in Oswego and creating more than 460 jobs. This $400 million investment also includes the world's largest closed-loop recycling program, which processes roughly 25 million pounds of automotive aluminum scrap per month.