NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alcoa unveiled at the Technology & Maintenance Council what it claims to be the industry’s lightest-weight 14- and 9-inch aluminum wheels.
The wheels were forged using Alcoa’s LvL One wheel manufacturing process and weigh just 54 lbs (14-inch) and 51 or 59 lbs (depending on fitment) for the 9-inch design.
“We continue to pursue ways to help our customers benefit from state-of-the-art technology,” said Merrick Murphy, vice-president and general manager, Alcoa Commercial Vehicle Wheels. “Alcoa’s lighter 14-inch wide base and 9-inch wheels are another breakthrough for the industry and one more example of Alcoa’s leadership in innovation.”
The 14-inch wide-base design shed 4 lbs from its previous version. Alcoa now says that switching from dual steel wheels to the new 14-inch design can reduce 1,800 lbs from a tractor-trailer combination.
The 9-inch wheels are now 3 lbs lighter than previous versions. For more info, visit www.alcoawheels.com.