October 25, 2013
Alcoa launches truck bodies made from 100% aluminum at Fenatran 2013
The innovation for the dry load and beverage sectors allows for up to a 50% reduction in the total weight of the truck, thereby increasing the load capacity and working life of the tires and bodywork
São Paulo, October 28, 2013 - Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of primary and transformed aluminum, presented a large open truck body for dry loads made entirely from aluminum at the 19th Fenatran – International Transportation Trade Show. The event, a point of reference in products and services for cargo transporters and logistics operators, took place between October 28 and November 1 in the Anhembi Exhibition Pavilion in São Paulo.
The innovation is an exclusive Alcoa project that uses the Alcoa Fastening System (AFS) instead of welding, making the bodywork safer and facilitating assembly and maintenance. The use of aluminum in the bodywork also allows the weight of the truck’s cargo box to be reduced by as much as 50%, which makes Alcoa’s dry load bodywork the lightest in the market. This, in turn, reduces maintenance costs because of reduced wear and tear of parts, like tires and shock absorbers, and increases the vehicle’s load-carrying capacity, which reaches 1000kg/m².
“Thanks to its investment in development and attention to business opportunities Alcoa’s Extruded Products Division developed this product that will change the sector in the country.” emphasizes José Carlos Cattel, director of the Extruded Products Division of Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.
Because the bodywork is made from aluminum its corrosion resistance and working life (which varies between 15 and 20 years) are greater than for other materials. This allows the painting stage, a process that is necessary with wooden and steel bodyworks for guaranteeing conservation, to be eliminated. According to Cattel, the launch is both innovative and sustainable. “The raw material is infinitely recyclable and because it is light this reduces the vehicle’s pollutant emissions and fuel and lubricant consumption”.
The new bodywork, which is currently being tested, has been circulating since March and is sold by Nolly, an Alcoa partner company, which has more than 30 years’ experience in making highway equipment, loading platforms and bodywork for logging trucks, bulk carriers and dry load vehicles.
Innovation in the beverages segment
Alcoa is also taking part in Fenatran 2013 with the launch of an aluminum truck body for the beverages segment that was developed in a partnership with Rodofort, a traditional manufacturer of highway equipment from Sumaré (SP). The product’s main advantages are its working life and lightness. For Leonardo De Vincenzo, Sales and Marketing Director of Rodofort, the partnership with Alcoa was fundamental. “Alcoa was always an important partner for Rodofort in the development of our products. We were recently able to prove the success of the two companies in the new body for beverages that we’re presenting to the market. This is undoubtedly a quality piece of equipment that is both light and strong, which is what operators need”, added the director.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In 2013 it was considered the most sustainable company in its industry and in the category of Relationship with Suppliers of the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In the same year, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil.