October 31, 2013
Alcoa presents the strongest light alloy for wheels in the commercial transportation segment in the United States
With its launch planned for the beginning of 2014, the MagnaForce™ light alloy will make it possible to increase the useful load of fleets and their fuel consumption efficiency
São Paulo, November 5, 2013 – This week in the United States Alcoa, the creator of forged aluminum wheels and the world leader in this sector, launched MagnaForce™, the most advanced aluminum alloy for wheels so far developed. The new material enables lighter and stronger wheels to be made that still have the same corrosion resistance characteristics as the standard alloy in the sector, which is also made by Alcoa. The company expects to launch a latest generation wheel made from this alloy at the beginning of 2014.
Presented at the American Trucking Association (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando (USA), the new alloy is called MagnaForce™. In like-for-like applications it is 16.5% stronger than the standard alloy used in the sector, which is Alcoa’s 6061 material. Alcoa will use the new alloy to make wheels for commercial transportation, a sector in which there is great demand for lighter products that increase efficiency in terms of fuel consumption.
“Alcoa is making history in the truck wheel area, with the development of innovative solutions in aluminum”, said Tim Myers, president of Alcoa Wheels and Transportation Products. “No manufacturer has ever produced a wheel made from an alloy that is superior to Alcoa’s 6061 material. Today, our MagnaForce™ alloy will open doors to the production of stronger and lighter wheels in order to increase the useful load of fleets, raise their fuel consumption efficiency and increase sustainability.”
It took scientists and engineers from Alcoa’s Technical Center, the world’s biggest light metals R&D center located in Pittsburgh (USA), two years to develop the material.
Alcoa has been the leader in the sector since it invented the forged aluminum wheel in 1948, using an alloy it had developed for the aerospace sector. In 1968, the company once again defined the standard for the sector when it launched its 6061 alloy for forged aluminum wheels. The product offers a strong, durable and corrosion-resistant alloy that is still used today by the main manufacturers of forged aluminum wheels. In order to meet customers’ requests for lighter wheels the experts from Alcoa have created products that weigh 5 kilos less today than the wheels made 20 years ago using the same alloy.
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.