Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products introduced four new forged aluminum wheels, two of which offer maximum loads per wheel and support the move to higher-load-capacity tires.
Alcoa introduced the new wheels at the 64th International Motor Show Commercial Vehicles conference in Hannover, Germany. “We are constantly driving ourselves to design aluminum wheels that offer our customers stronger and lighter options to steel that also increase cargo capacity, fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions,” said Tim Myers, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products president. “There is a definite trend within the commercial vehicle industry to move to higher-load-capacity tires, and these new wheels address those needs.”
The two wheels available at high-load capacities include an improved global trailer wheel and a 45mm offset trailer wheel for inloaders – trailers designed to transport architectural glass plates and concrete parts. The other two wheels are the 135 FrontRunner, a 135mm offset truck wheel suitable for use on front axles of certain trucks; and an 80mm offset trailer wheel for use with the new lightweight SAF 80 One axle by SAF Holland. The wheels are available in a number of finishes, including Brushed, Mirror Polished and Dura-Bright.
Alcoa affirmed its dedication to environmentally friendly transportation at the IAA conference by joining the Sustainable Development Charter of the International Association of Public Transport dedicated to increasing awareness on the importance of sustainability within the transportation sector. The charter’s more than 150 global members commit to monitor, measure and report on their own sustainability performance while sharing best practices with fellow members.