Alcoa contributes to a sustainable 2008 Beijing Olympics
August 1, 2008
Alcoa contributed to China's commitment to a "green" Olympics by providing lightweight aluminium for transportation systems that were used during the games and including its aluminum composite material on several new venues constructed especially for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Visitors to the Olympic Village rode on buses powered by electricity and rolling on stylish Alcoa polished forged aluminum wheels. Alcoa provided customer Beijing Public Transport Holding Ltd. (BPTC), a large state-owned public transport service, with 350 wheels for 50 buses. The lightweight Alcoa aluminum wheels provide significant weight savings over comparable steel wheels, shaving nearly 275 pounds from each bus, which, in turn, improved the overall operating efficiency of the electric buses. The Alcoa aluminum wheels also proved to be both fuel efficient and cost effective during road testing conducted by BPTC.
In addition, environmentally-friendly, aluminium-intensive buses jointly designed and built by Alcoa and Yutong Bus Company of China, the country's largest bus manufacturer, were road tested during the Olympics. The new aluminium-intensive bus body is nearly 50% lighter than a traditional bus body. The new buses feature Alcoa's spaceframe technology - the same technology used in high-performance automobiles such as the Gran Turismo Ferraris and Audi A8 vehicles - as well as Alcoa Dura-Bright® forged aluminum wheels, Alcoa aluminium side and roof panels, and Alcoa fasteners.