Novelis announced that its RC5754 alloy, a new automotive product designed to contain up to 75% recycled content, has been successfully integrated into the structural components of high volume production passenger vehicles. RC5754 was developed with Jaguar Land Rover and serves as a key component of Jaguar’s REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) project. First introduced in the new Jaguar XE, the RC5754 alloy will also be featured in all new and legacy Jaguar Land Rover models.
RC5754 maximizes the value of automotive aluminum by offering the same performance of the standard 5754 alloy and the additional benefits of:
Reduction in carbon emissions across the value chain: Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy and produces 95% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than primary aluminum production.
Better supply chain security: When automakers incorporate higher levels of scrap back into their supply chain via a closed-loop recycling partnership, they decrease their exposure to volatilities in the open aluminum scrap market.
Learnings from the collaboration of Novelis and Jaguar Land Rover in developing this new product are documented in “Collaboration for a Closed-Loop Value Chain,” a case study issued in January following the companies’ participation in the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains.
Launched in 2008 by Jaguar Land Rover, the REALCAR program is a multi-stakeholder initiative established to create a closed-loop vehicle production model that recycles automobiles at the end of their lifecycles. The RC5754 aluminum alloy, uniquely developed by Novelis to serve the REALCAR program, is designed to absorb higher levels of processed automotive aluminum scrap than ever before.
With more than 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, Novelis pioneered many of the common aluminum alloys used in automotive manufacturing today—including 6111, 6016 and the original 5754—in addition to its own Novelis Advanz family of alloys. The RC5754 alloy further enhances the Novelis portfolio.