The aluminum rolling and recycling company Novelis, headquartered in Atlanta, has received the 2012 Georgia Governor's International Awards in the International Deal of the Year category. The company was recognized for opening its Global Research & Technology Center in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2012, its commitment to the Atlanta area and its economic impact on the state.
Novelis' Global Research & Technology Center serves as a hub for the company’s R&D and engineering efforts to create aluminum for products including beverage cans, cars and consumer electronics. The 160,000-square-foot facility opened in June and consolidated the company’s research activities in one location near its Atlanta headquarters.
The center contains testing laboratories, a pilot beverage can production line and meeting space. Novelis says further expansion is planned.
"When looking for a place to bring together top scientists and engineers, as well as drive collaboration with our customers, the Atlanta area was the clear choice," says Stefan Erdmann, Novelis vice president of global R&D. "With our nearby headquarters, world-class international airport and excellent universities, we couldn't have chosen a better location to develop the next generation of sustainable aluminum products."