Materials

New sustainable alloy integrated into Jaguar cars

New sustainable alloy integrated into Jaguar carsA new alloy containing 75 per cent recycled aluminium has been successfully integrated into structural components of the new Jaguar XE model, aluminium manufacturer and recycler Novelis announced yesterday (11 February).

The new alloy, RC5754, has been designed by Novelis to absorb larger amounts of processed automotive aluminium scrap than any other alloy produced by the company.

The alloy was specifically designed for the company’s REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which was launched in 2008 to create a closed-loop production model with the purpose of increasing end-of-life vehicle recycling.

The alloy will now be integrated into new and legacy Jaguar Land Rover models.

Transferable learning points

A case study based on the partnership between Novelis and JLR on the REALCAR project was released in January after participation in the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains.

The CISL launched a report of its own in 2015, ‘Rewiring the economy’, which outlined a 10-year plan with 10 tasks aimed at business, government and financial institutions to ‘catalyse a sustainable economy’.

Novelis published lessons learned from the project in a case study, ‘Collaboration for a closed loop value chain: transferable learning points from the REALCAR project’.

The key learning points included the importance of choosing the correct material for closed-loop production, making sure it is suitable ‘across the board’. In addition, the replacement of a transactional supply chain with a value chain approach together with good communication and progressive leadership was deemed important.

Novelis believes these points can be used in many industries, not just in the automotive industry.

New alloy delivers ‘strength, durability and formability’

Pierre Labat, Vice President of Automotive at Novelis Europe, said: “As a leader in alloy innovation and [aluminium] recycling, Novelis is honoured to work with Jaguar Land Rover to help lead the automotive industry in sustainable vehicle manufacturing.

“Novelis’s new RC5754 alloy not only meets the high recycled content threshold required by Jaguar Land Rover’s REALCAR project, but also it delivers the strength, durability and formability specified by world-leading Jaguar Land Rover engineers.”

Design for Demand

Novelis has also this month launched a toolkit that aims to instill circular practices in the minds of young designers. The ‘Design for Demand’ tool, developed with Sustainability charity Forum for the Future, introduces strategies for designing in circularity, exploring material challenges that can be faced and looking at several approaches and solutions that have already been implemented to combat them.

Commenting on the new tool, Andy Doran, Senior Manager of Sustainability & Recycling Development at Novelis Europe, said: “Reuse and recycling lie at the heart of Novelis’s business – we opened the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre in Germany in 2014. Aluminium by nature has immense potential for recycling – 75 per cent of all the aluminium ever made is still in use – and we wanted to use it as a case study to help designers think differently about their design choices, material use and product vision.

“Designing for a circular economy isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. We want Design for Demand to assist designers in innovating new products that cut waste and change the way consumers use them.”

The ‘Collaboration for a closed loop value chain’ case study is available to download from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership website.