A History of Innovation. When it comes to aluminium technology, Alcoais not only the leader, but the foremost expert. Our global network incorporates the expertise of scientists, engineers and technicians spanning across 31 countries – all led by the Alcoa Technical Center, the world’s largest light metal R&D center, located in Pennsylvania.
Since 1888, Alcoa has introduced more than 8,000 patents benefiting a wide variety of industries. From automotive to aerospace – building and construction systems to consumer product packaging – Alcoa is the go-to solution provider for corporations around the globe.
Alcoa mines it, refines it, and then engineers it into useful products. The Alcoa network provides a global footprint offering innovation in all stages of aluminium development, engineering and production. From top to bottom, Alcoa has aluminium covered.
Since 1888, Alcoa has introduced more than 8,000 patents benefiting a wide variety of industries. From automotive to aerospace - building and construction systems to consumer product packaging.
1948 - First forged Aluminum multi-piece wheel introduced.
1956 - First forged aluminum tubeless wheel introduced in the automotive industry for the Cadillac Eldorado.
1964 - First single-pieced forged aluminum wheel introduced for tubeless tires.
1971 - First forged aluminum wide base wheel introduced.
1978 - Introduced forged aluminum wheels in Europe.
1980 - First forged aluminum hub pilot wheel introduced.
1995 - Additional wheel capacity added in U.S. and Europe to supply all global markets.
2001 - First 14-inch wide base forged aluminum wheel introduced in the market.
2001 - Dura-Bright® wheels introduced.
2003 - Alcoa begins supplying forged aluminum wheels to Harley-Davidson.
2005 - Dura-Flange® wear protection wheels are introduced to reduce or virtually eliminate rim flange wear.
2005 to Present - Introduced premium wheels to leading global OEM auto manufacturers.
2006 - Dura-Bright® with XBR technology introduced.
2007 - Automotive News PACE award for Dura-Bright® technology. The proprietary surface treatment appears on several leading global automotive platforms.