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PT. MECO INOXPRIMA

Alcoa Products on First Aluminum Petroleum Road Tanker in Indonesia

FUSINA, Italy & SURABAYA, Indonesia & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The first aluminum petroleum road tanker produced in Indonesia took to the highway recently made with Alcoa’s heavy gauge aluminum shate product and rolling on Alcoa aluminum truck wheels.

5182 RoadTanker ShateG1, a combined sheet and plate product of a specific thickness, was developed by Alcoa Mill Products Europe for road tankers that transport hazardous freight. PT. MECO INOXPRIMA, one of the largest suppliers of liquid propane gas (LPG) storage and LPG transport tanks in Indonesia, is the first company to produce the aluminum tank transporter in the country.

Alcoa’s 5182 RoadTanker ShateG1 is an improved version of 5182 shate with properties that meet international standards for safety, load and operation. Alcoa’s Fusina, Italy, plant has supplied shate to Meco since the company began working on the prototype two years ago. The machine-finished aluminum truck wheels were produced at Alcoa’s operations in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, and were delivered by Alcoa Wheel Products Asia.

“Meco has made history being the pioneer in the aluminum road tanker business in Indonesia. At the same time it is creating a positive environmental impact, because the energy-efficient, lightweight aluminum tankers will result in lower emissions, and because aluminum is infinitely recyclable,” said Ingrid Muehlboeck, President, Alcoa European Mill Products.

“Using the Alcoa RTS eValuator, a tool created for customers to calculate their savings, it is easy to visualize that aluminum can allow savings up to 1900 liters (502 gallons) of fuel per year. This means a reduction of 78 tons of CO2 emissions over the lifetime of each vehicle.”

“Meco aims to continuously improve to meet our customers’ needs,” said Subjahta Widjaja, President Director of PT. MECO INOXPRIMA. “With an aluminum petroleum tanker we are assured there will be no fuel contamination, and our customers are realizing fuel savings and lower maintenance cost, while carrying heavier loads.” Mr. Widjaja added that Meco is cognizant in assuring the quality of its products and in complying with International UN-ADR (United Nations – Assessment of Development) standards and road regulations.

Meco is supplying the new aluminum petroleum road tanker to several customers, including oil and gas companies transporting PT. PERTAMINA’s fuel products.

Alcoa supplies its 5182TankerShateG1 to customers worldwide for construction of road tankers for storing and transporting dangerous goods. Alcoa wheels are used by customers worldwide in the commercial transportation, automotive and defense markets.

About Alcoa

A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products.

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