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prestigious transport award win

Alcoa Transportation Products, which serves the commercial vehicle, automotive and defence markets, has been awarded a 2009 Automotive News PACE Award (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence).

The award recognises automotive suppliers for superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance.  The 15th annual PACE Awards were open to suppliers who contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks and are recognised around the world as the industry symbol of innovation. Alcoa Transportation Products, which is headquartered in Cleveland Ohio, was awarded in the ‘Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment’ category.

Alcoa was recognised for our Alcoa Vacuum Die Casting (AVDC) for Lightweight Door Assemblies, which provides vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to maximise weight savings (30-35%), consolidate parts and reduce system costs of lightweight door systems. The innovation has been utilised by leading auto manufacturers, including most recently by Nissan on its high performance GT-R sports sedan.

The use of aluminium in transport provides significant greenhouse benefits.  Alcoa researchers have forecasted, that with global projections for the use of aluminium in cars and trucks and the numbers of vehicles in use, aluminium will increasingly become part of the solution to climate change.  The aluminium industry has the potential to reach a climate neutral state by 2025. This means the greenhouse impacts of aluminium production will be fully offset by the amount of carbon dioxide emissions saved by the use of aluminium in the transportation industry. 

Today’s motor vehicles use aluminium in engine parts, panels, electronic systems and wheels.  The use of aluminium in transport provides lifecycle benefits including improved performance and fuel efficiency.  Every kilogram of aluminium used in a car potentially saves a net 20 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions over the car’s life.  For other vehicles, such as trains, ferries and aircraft, the potential savings are even greater.

During his acceptance speech, Kevin Kramer, President - Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products said: “We are honoured to be recognised as a winner for this prestigious award. AVDC is our second win in the last three years and this is a big deal. The Automotive News PACE Award reinforces Alcoa’s commitment that innovation is our past and our future.”

Alcoa most recently was awarded an Automotive News PACE award for Dura-Bright® technology for forged aluminium wheels in 2007. This latest win is Alcoa’s second award in as many attempts.

For complete details of the Automotive News PACE Award, visit

new alcoa window enhances energy efficiency
A new versatile aluminium window is helping to increase thermal performance, safety and security.

Alcoa recently announced its Kawneer business (the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminium building products and systems for commercial construction) has released a new window designed to enhance the views and energy efficiency. The AA®3350 ISOPORT® Window is leading the way in thermal performance at a competitive price.

Kawneer’s window combines distinctive features, superior aesthetics and simplified fabrication and installation to provide architects and glaziers with a product that meets their needs.

Adding to the energy efficiency of the window is 1-inch insulating or laminated glass, which provides high thermal performance and enhances sound resistance performance. It features powder coated die-cast sweep locks and keepers for maximum security and a push-button feature on sweep locks prevents windows from being opened accidentally. In addition, an integrated locking system automatically secures the operable sash when closed, preventing upper sash drift on double-hung windows.

This new window is just another example of aluminium being a part of our everyday lives.

The Kawneer business is part of Alcoa's global Building and Construction Systems business. For more information about the window, contact Kawneer by clicking here.

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