Novelis signs memorandum of understanding with Chinese Tsinghua University on automotive aluminum R&D
Atlanta-based rolled aluminum company Novelis said this week that its operations in the People’s Republic of China have partnered with one of the nation’s top universities in a collaborative deal to expand the use of aluminum in the country’s automotive industry.
Novelis’ Customer Solutions Center (CSC) in Shanghai will work with the Suzhou Automotive Research Institute (TSARI) of Tsinghua University to increase the already rapid acceptance of aluminum in production. The agreement will allow organizations to partner on blank body applications for the entire range of automotive products, both electric and conventional.
Sifa Zheng, vice president of TSARI and professor at Tsinghua University, said the collaboration will bring new blood to the innovation process.
“We are delighted to have entered into a strong partnership with Novelis. As an independent think tank in the Chinese automotive industry, TSARI is dedicated to accelerating the application of advanced technological research, commercializing emerging scientific achievements, and facilitating cooperative relationships between key players and ourselves. . I firmly believe that the newly established relationship will bridge the gap between academic research in the automotive field and landing applications for customers, which is one of our most important missions. With the signing of the MoU, the introduction of Novelis’ brand new aluminum technology will bring new perspectives and capabilities to China’s automotive aluminum industry.
James Liu, Managing Director of Novelis China and Vice President of Automotive, Novelis Asia, stressed the importance of the region to his business.
“The Chinese market is a key sector of Novelis’ development plan in Asia and we are more than delighted to be able to sign a memorandum of understanding with TSARI. With the support of TSARI, we will continue to devote ourselves to the development and promotion of low carbon and environmentally friendly aluminum sheet, paving the way for our business, industry and society towards a more economy. sustainable and circular.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Ltd of Mumbai. Based in Atlanta, the company accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated sales. The world’s largest aluminum recycler, Novelis operates in ten different countries, employs approximately eleven thousand people and had net sales of US $ 11.2 billion in the most recent fiscal year.