January 18, 2012

Alcoa Introduces New Series of Wide Base Forged Aluminum Wheels

Innovative 58 lb. wheels are lightest in industry
Cleveland, OH (January 18, 2012) – Alcoa announced it recently launched a new series of wide base aluminum wheels. The new line is engineered for high performance through Alcoa’s proprietary LvL ONE® wheel manufacturing process of light weighting. At just 58 lbs., Alcoa’s wide base wheels are the lightest 14” aluminum wheels on the market.
Alcoa 14” wide base wheels replace dual wheels and reduce overall vehicle weight for improved productivity or increased fuel economy. Now, at 58 lbs. per wheel, and load ratings up to 12,800 lbs., Alcoa 14” wide base wheels are the lightest wheels in its class.  In fact, simply switching from single steel 22.5” x 8.25” wheels to Alcoa 14” wide base wheels can reduce the weight of an 18-wheeler by nearly 1,400 lbs. cutting annual fuel costs or increasing payload.
“Identifying ways to improve upon our technology to increase our products’ benefits is always a primary objective,” said Merrick Murphy, Vice President & General Manager - Americas & Pac Rim, Alcoa Commercial Vehicle Wheels. “We continue to lead the way in innovation and are proud to be able to offer our customers the lightest and most efficient wide base wheel in the industry.”
Alcoa 14” wide base wheels, now lighter, still run cooler, extend tire durability and improve productivity.  No other component on a truck is as simple to swap out, offering immediate benefits to both the environment and the bottom line. 
The new wide base wheels are available in 0”, 1”, and 2” offsets to fit all axle types.  Each wheel roll stamp contains 0” Offset This Side Out or 2” Outset This Side Out to indicate offset mounting position.  In addition, Alcoa locates the roll stamp, valve hole and valve stem direction on all wheels to ensure proper installation for all axle types.
Wide base wheels are provided in clean buff, polished, Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® finish options.  Orders are now being accepted with wheels currently in inventory available for delivery.
For more information on Alcoa’s new wide base wheels, to contact a distributor and/or additional information on Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, visit www.alcoawheels.com.
About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets with products used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, premium products such as Dura-Bright®, Dura-Flange®, LvL ONE® and M-Series™ medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Commercial Vehicle Wheels, Forged Specialty Wheels and Transportation Products.  It employs 1,500 people at 23 locations worldwide.  More information can be found at www.alcoawheels.com.
About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.