Alcoa® Wheels are forged from one solid block of aluminium.
Every wheel starts as a single block of high-strength aluminium alloy.
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.
Precision machining ensures that each wheel is perfectly round. This eliminates any runout in a turning wheel.
The ventilation and mounting holes are drilled.
The last step is the finishing into “Brushed”, “LvL ONE®” or “Dura-Bright® EVO”.
The Howmet Aerospace 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.
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
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
Save 203.6 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Save 155 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Save 55.8 kg with Alcoa® Wheels
Save 73.2 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Save 89.4 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
Save 124 kg with Alcoa® Wheels*
*Calculations based on Alcoa® Wheels with bolt hole diameter 32 mm.
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
Be greener and cleaner
Aluminium is 100% recyclable
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