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Alcoa Defense to Supply Aluminum Armor Kits to AM General
Components Produced by Auburn, Ind., Facility
WASHINGTON--Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced today that it will supply aluminum armorkit
components for AM General’s Expanded Capacity High Mobility Multipurpose
Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV ECV). The aluminum kits increase vehicle
occupant protection while improving the vehicle's mobility,
dependability and performance.
“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with AM General by
delivering innovative armor solutions for this critical program,” said
David Dobson, president, Alcoa Defense. “Alcoa supported AM General in
the design of the original all-aluminum HMMWV more than 30 years ago,
and we are excited to make the latest generation HMMWV ECV lighter,
faster and stronger. We continue to help them maximize light alloys
while ensuring that their structures can be manufactured easily and cost
Produced by Alcoa Transportation Products’ facility in Auburn, Ind., the
strong, light weight aluminum castings that form the backbone of the
four armor kit components are machined and assembled by Alcoa before AM
General installs them in the HMMWV ECV.
“Our Transportation Products business established an excellent
reputation for innovation and quality in the automotive industry and we
are proud to now use that expertise to build stronger, safer structures
that help protect those serving in the Armed Forces,” said Scott R.
Kerns, vice president and general manager, Alcoa Transportation Products.
About Alcoa Defense
Alcoa Defense partners with industry leaders to design systems and
materials that increase the speed, reach, agility and survivability of
today's and tomorrow's strategic platforms. Through an unmatched
combination of defense and commercial engineering, Alcoa delivers
multi-product, lightweight and cost-effective solutions for programs
ranging from the F35 Joint Strike Fighter to the M777 Howitzer to
armored tactical and fighting vehicles. More information can be found at www.alcoadefense.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 cast and forged
aluminum wheels, aluminum space-frames, specialized vacuum die cast
products, niche products such as Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® wheels
and M-Series™ medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other
aluminum components for these markets. AWTP is composed of three
divisions: Transportation Products, Commercial Vehicle Wheels and
Automotive Wheels. It employs 2,800 people at 30 locations worldwide.