Novelis to add high-tech jobs in Cobb
by Michael J. Pallerino
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Jack Clark, senior vice president and chief technical officer of Novelis, said the global demand for alumnimum is boosting its work force presence in Cobb. (File photo)
Jack Clark, senior vice president and chief technical officer of Novelis, said the global demand for alumnimum is boosting its work force presence in Cobb. (File photo)

KENNESAW - Aluminum is growing in demand on a global scale and Novelis Inc. plans to reap the benefits. With products used in architecture, automobiles, beverage cans and consumer electronics, the global aluminum manufacturer - which is headquartered in Atlanta, and houses a 160,000-square-foot Global Research and Technology Center in Kennesaw - is positioning itself for the long haul.

Novelis, a unit of Aditya Birla Group, which makes aluminum rolled products and is the world's largest aluminum recycler, operates 25 manufacturing facilities in nine countries on four continents. The company, which employs almost 11,000 people, reported revenue of $9.8 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2013.

But those numbers could be trending up. Along with its recent announcement to invest $205 million to further expand its global manufacturing operations, Novelis plans to add 500 jobs companywide, including 21 in its Kennesaw facility, said Jack Clark, senior vice president and chief technical officer.

"We have 13 open positions and will be looking to fill approximately 21 more in the coming fiscal year," Clark said. "Most of the jobs available at our Kennesaw location are highly-skilled technical positions - engineers, scientists, technologists and technicians. As we position ourselves as a global leader in technology and innovation, our need for technical talent will likely expand as well."

The Global Research and Technology Center, which opened in May 2012, supports Novelis' expanding global operations and technical innovation goals. It has grown from 25 employees to 114. There also are eight contract employees.

As part of its overall expansion, Novelis will build new finishing lines at its plants in Oswego, N.Y. and Nachterstedt, Germany. Both will be dedicated to the production of aluminum automotive sheet. Powered by automakers' demand for aluminum, the U.S. market for aluminum sheet, which stood at less than 200 million pounds in 2012, is expected to hit 1 billion pounds when the numbers are tallied for 2013, and then double from there by 2020, reaching 3.2 billion to 6.4 billion pounds by 2025, according to independent industry analyst Lloyd O'Carroll.

These numbers will help further Novelis' growth. "We needed a global facility staffed with top technical talent to continue to grow our knowledge base," Clark said. "It is a world-class facility for materials characterization, testing and modeling with in-house pilot lines for the development of new and emerging technologies. We focus our expertise on the most demanding segments of the rolled aluminum market - cans, automotive, consumer electronics and architecture - which uniquely positions us as the partner of choice for new product innovation."

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