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Why Alcoa® Wheels?

Why Alcoa Wheels
 

Alcoa® Wheels are forged from one solid block of aluminium.

 
Forging process step 1
Every wheel starts as a single block of high-strength aluminium alloy.
Forging process step 2
 With an 8 000 tons press, the block is forged into a wheel shape. Once forged, the wheels are heat-treated to maximize overall mechanical strengths.
Forging process step 3
Precision machining ensures that each wheel is perfectly round. This eliminates any runout in a turning wheel.
Forging process step 4
 The ventilation and mounting holes are drilled.
Forging process step 5
The last step is the finishing into “Brushed”, “LvL ONE®” or “Dura-Bright® EVO”.
Forging process step 6
 The Arconic forging process aligns the grain flow of aluminium with the shape of the wheel. This process results in wheels with unrivalled forged strength that withstand the most severe tests.
We are so confident in the durability and quality of our wheels, we give a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty.

 

 

The best solution for your business

 

Alcoa® Wheels are a must. The perfect choice for your vehicles.

Strength Alcoa Wheels
 
 
 
 
 

Be the toughest on the road

 

  • High strength test results reveal that Alcoa® Wheels are 5 times stronger than steel: 
    • Forged Alcoa® Wheels withstand a load of 71 200 kg before deforming
    • Steel wheels start to deform already at 13 600 kg
 
  • Impact test results/Japanese JWL test simulates a vehicle hitting a high curb at a speed of 50 km/h. A 910 kg weight is dropped onto the tyre and wheel assembly: 
    • Steel wheels show excessive rim deformation and air loss
    • Alcoa® Wheels pass the test successfully

 

Weight Saving Alcoa Wheels
 
 
 
 

Be the lightest on the scale

 

 
  • Up to 51% saving per wheel, depending on the wheel size
 
  • 204 kg weight saving per 2-axle truck/3-axle trailer combination
 
  • Increased payload for each trip
Weight saving Alcoa Wheels example 1
Save 203.6 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Weight saving Alcoa Wheels example 2
Save 155 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Weight saving Alcoa Wheels example 3
Save 55.8 kg with Alcoa® Wheels
Weight saving Alcoa Wheels example 4
Save 73.2 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Weight saving Alcoa Wheels example 5
Save 89.4 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Weight saving Alcoa Wheels example 6
Save 124 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*

*Calculations based on Alcoa® Wheels with bolt hole diameter 32 mm.

 Calculate your individual weight saving with the Alcoa® Wheels Calculighter.

 
Alcoa Wheels are profitable
 
 
 
 

Be the cost saver and decrease your total cost of ownership (TCO)

 

  • Aluminium is 3 times more conductive than steel and dissipates heat better, resulting in :
    • Less tyre wear
    • Increased life duration of brakes and suspension

 

Alcoa Wheels are environmentally friendly
 
 
 
 

Be greener and cleaner

 

  • Aluminium is 100% recyclable
 
  • Fuel efficiency:
    • Forged aluminium Alcoa® Wheels were fitted on a number of hybrid buses. The essential parameters were systematically measured and compared with buses fitted on steel wheels. Over the period of 6 to 7 months fuel savings of up to 1% on the hybrid buses with Alcoa® Wheels have been reported.
 
  • CO2 reduction - Alcoa® Wheels bring down the carbon footprint of buses and commercial vehicles:
    • Replacing 6 steel wheels with Alcoa® Wheels on a 2-axle diesel city bus brings down CO2 emissions by 3 tons over the 12 year lifetime of the bus and 750 000 km
    • Replacing 10 steel wheels with Alcoa® Wheels on a 3-axle diesel articulated city bus brings down CO2 emissions by 5 tons over the 12 year lifetime of the bus and 750 000 km
    • Replacing 12 steel wheels with Alcoa® Wheels on a 2-axle truck and 3-axle trailer brings down CO2 emissions by 4 tons over the lifetime of truck (2x5 years) and trailer (10 years) and 1 300 000 km

 

Looks Alcoa Wheels
 
 
 
 

Be the star amongst vehicles

 

  • Give your vehicles an amazing look
 
  • Timeless design

 

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