INSIDE ALCOA INNOVATION

THERE'S MORE TO ALCOA ALUMINUM WHEELS THAN MEETS THE EYE.

 

 

Innovation is at our core. First, Alcoa invented the aluminum industry in 1888, then the forged aluminum wheel in 1948. Since then, we’ve been constantly advancing technology, creating wheels that are stronger, and lighter with more surface options and applications to help drive your bottom line.
 
Today, manufacturers, builders and drivers of automobiles, light trucks, trailers, RVs, buses, heavy trucks and other applications look to the advantages of Alcoa aluminum products and components to meet their performance and efficiency needs.
 
Since our inception, Alcoa has never stopped working to engineer aluminum innovations that drive your bottom line.


 

 

OUR PRODUCTS:

 

 

 

 

 

THAT'S WHY TODAY, 
more vehicles are fitted with forged aluminum wheels from Alcoa than any other brand. 

 

SINCE 1888, ALCOA HAS INTRODUCED MORE THAN
8,000 PATENTS BENEFITING A WIDE VARIETY OF INDUSTRIES.
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-piece forged
aluminum wheel introduced
for tubeless tires.
1968 Alcoa commercializes
6061 alloy and
becomes industry
standard.
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" 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 Introduces 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 surface treatment appears
on several leading global
automotive platforms.
2009 LvL ONE® Wheels introduced.
Lighter. Brighter. Stronger.
2010 Wheel Torque
Solutions introduced.
2010 CalcuLighter™ launched. Online tool
easily determines ROI.
2012 14" Wide Base Wheel
re-introduced at just 58 lbs.
2012 Alcoa aluminum wheels become
the first in the the transportation
industry to earn Cradle to
Cradle CertifiedCM Silver Level.
2013 M-Series® fitments announced
for medium duty trucks.
2013 Alcoa announces Magnaforce™
alloy-applying first to commercial
vehicle wheels.
2014 14" Wide Base Wheel
re-introduced again as lightest in its class.
2014 Alcoa Ultra ONE™ Wheel with
MagnaForce™ alloy introduced.
At just 40 lbs., the lightest wheel in
its class.