Study finds Alcoa Forged Aluminum Wheels dramatically cut the carbon footprint of commercial vehicles


Savings of switching one truck from steel wheels to Alcoa Forged Aluminum Wheels equals the average annual carbon footprint of an American household.
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Aluminum will be greenhouse gas neutral by 2030


In the critical transportation industry, our research in lifecycle modeling has shown that by 2030 the emissions of the entire aluminum industry can be offset by the potential emission savings from the transport sector's increased use of aluminum.
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Commercial Transportation: Reinventing the Wheel
Whether it is trucking, marine, rail, or almost anything else that moves in the commercial transportation industry, Alcoa uses its unique breadth of technical and materials capabilities to satisfy the needs of customers throughout the world. Alcoas leadership position in commercial transportation stems from a commitment to deliver innovative product solutions that solve customers problems with uncompromising quality, which has resulted in numerous awards from the industry and customers alike.

Our wheels business has been in the forefront of our expanded penetration into the trucking industry, including with fleets like Covenant Transport, Inc.,Builders Transportation Co., LLC and Swift Transportation Co., Inc. Alcoas LvL ONE Wheels were recognized as a Top 5 Product of 2010 fromHeavy Duty Aftermarket Journal a reputable industry trade publication. The forged LvL ONE wheels can directly reduce operating expenses through lower fuel costs and increased payload. They reduce individual truck weight up to 1,300 pounds compared to steel options. Alcoas LvL ONE wheels bring tangible and immediate benefits to the customer lighter weight, less fuel and lower maintenance costs, high strength and the brightest finish. Alcoa wheels return 75% of their initial purchase price, even after 10 years of use.

In the ground transportation market, Alcoa signed an exclusive supplier arrangement with CIMC, a leading specialty truck manufacturer in China, to supply aluminum content for its next generation of tanker trailers. As part of the partnership, Alcoa is pairing its design, engineering andmanufacturing expertise with CIMCs fabrication knowledge to produce a lightweight, environmentally friendly tanker-trailer. Through Alcoas designexpertise, we reduced the weight of the trailer by 1,000 kilograms. The vehicles hit the road with Alcoa metal in mid-2010.

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