Novelis helps meet demand for sustainable food packaging

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Novelis will invest more than $30 million to build a new continuous annealing line at its aluminum recycling plant in Plettenberg-Ohle, Germany. The additional line will double the plant’s capacity for aluminum used in the production of coffee capsules, a market that is growing in response to growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions.

Many coffee brands are now choosing aluminum over plastic to produce coffee capsules. Aluminum offers unique barrier properties and protects the freshness and flavor of capsule coffee from moisture, light and air better than other materials. In addition, aluminum is a perfect material for circular economy and resource efficiency because it can be recycled again and again, without losing its properties.

The starting material for many aluminum coffee capsules comes from the Ohle factory in Novelis. The start of operations is expected in the spring of 2024, construction preparations will begin upon receipt of final government approval for the new annealing line.

“This investment demonstrates our commitment to serve as a trusted partner for our food and packaging industry customers and to create more sustainable solutions for consumers,” said Emilio Braghi, Executive Vice President and President of Novelis. Europe. “Increasing the use of recycled aluminum helps us reduce the use of natural resources, strengthen the circular economy and thereby limit climate change. Our sustainability commitments include a 30% reduction carbon footprint by 2026 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier, helping our customers also achieve their sustainability goals.”

Working with partners across the value chain, Novelis develops low-carbon aluminum solutions and creates recycling loops for production and end-of-life waste. This enables the company to produce innovative alloys, such as those used in the production of coffee capsules made with over 80% recycled aluminum – confirmed by an independent international certification body.

In Nachterstedt, Germany, Novelis operates an aluminum recycling center with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons. The starting material for the coffee capsules is cast in Nachterstedt from scrap aluminum and then processed in Ohle to meet the most demanding product specifications of capsule producers.

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