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September 13, 2007
Alcoa Wheels to Supply Forged Aluminum Wheels With Dura-Bright(R) Technology to TechArt Automobildesign
CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Wheel Products, a Cleveland, Ohio-based business unit of Alcoa
(NYSE:AA), today announced an extensive wheel fitment program with
TechArt Automobildesign to include the new Porsche Cayman, Boxster, 911
Carrera and 911 GT3. All wheels also fit the Porsche series cars.
TechArt, a world-renowned specialist for Porsche sports car tuning,
looked to Alcoa Wheels for expertise in wheel production including
forging, design and finishing technology, to match the performance and
appearance of each TechArt specialty vehicle. Custom Alcoa forged
aluminum wheels offer a unique design, lightweight construction,
unmatched strength and durability and a revolutionary patented wheel
surface treatment that is easy to maintain.
Each wheel is forged from one piece of 6061-T6 aluminum and then
undergoes extensive machining and finishing resulting in a unique style,
lightweight construction and unmatched strength and durability. The
wheel is also engraved with “Alcoa Forged”
to identify the wheel manufacturer and production method.
The TechArt wheel program signals the first application of Alcoa’s
new Dura-Bright® technology wheel surface
treatment in Europe. Dura-Bright® technology
is a patented wheel surface treatment providing sophisticated style that
is practically maintenance free. The revolutionary process continually
resists brake dust, dirt and road grime allowing TechArt owners to
maintain their unique vehicle’s appearance
with minimal cleaning maintenance.
“Our cars are amongst the highest performing
and most desirable in the world and our customers demand the latest and
best technology. Dura-Bright® technology
offers our customers benefits no other wheel maker can provide which are
very appealing to our customers. Additionally, the very light weight of
the forged wheel helps boost the performance of our cars,”
stated Thomas Behringer, TECHART Managing Director.
In addition to innovative wheel surface and design, TechArt looked to
Alcoa to optimize wheel strength while reducing weight for increased
vehicle performance. Lightweight wheels by Alcoa enhance suspension
response and traction when cornering while also reducing wear on brake
systems, suspensions and shocks.
TechArt introduced their new vehicles fitted with Alcoa wheels in Europe
at the 2007 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show held on September 11, 2007. A North
American launch is scheduled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on
October 30, 2007.
TechArt vehicles fitted with Alcoa wheels include 19”x8.5”,
and 20”x12” sizes.
“Specialty vehicle manufacturers enjoy Alcoa’s
quick to market manufacturing flexibility because it offers ultimate
vehicle customization combined with performance and appearance gains,”
stated David Yates, Marketing Manager –
Europe, Alcoa Wheel Products. “We are proud
to work closely with TechArt to supply premium wheel programs for their
world-class specialty vehicles.”
About Alcoa Wheel Products
Alcoa Wheel Products is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and employs
more than 3,000 associates in seven locations globally. The Alcoa
business unit manufactures cast and forged aluminum wheels for the heavy
truck, automotive, and motorcycle industries.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major
aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive,
packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and
industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other
capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum
products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy
extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa®
wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures
and building systems. The company has 116,000 employees in 44 countries
and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the
world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com