Arconic has inked a long-term agreement with PACCAR, a designer and manufacturer of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks.
The company will supply forged aluminium Alcoa wheels for PACCAR trucks under the Kenworth and Peterbilt nameplates.
“This new agreement builds on our decades-long partnership with PACCAR to deliver performance wheels to PACCAR customers,” said Arconic Wheel and Transportation Products president. Merrick Murphy.
“Our forged aluminium truck wheels are the lightest commercial vehicle wheels on the market and they have strength and corrosion resistance, meaning our customers can carry more payload, more efficiently and spend less on maintenance.”
As part of the agreement, PACCAR customers will have access to Arconic’s portfolio of Alcoa wheels. This includes the newly-launched Ultra ONE wheels made with the proprietary MagnaForce alloy, the lightest heavy-duty truck wheel on the market with 17% more strength than standard aluminium wheels, according to the company.
By converting from steel to Alcoa wheels, an entire tractor trailer can shed up to 1,400 pounds. The wheels are available in a variety of surface options, including the patented, corrosion-resistant Dura-Bright EVO.
During the past year, Arconic has signed more than a dozen other contracts in North America, South America, Asia and Europe with customers in the truck, trailer, bus and RV segments.
The wheels are supplied by Arconic Wheel and Transportation Products facilities in Cleveland, Ohio; Monterrey, Mexico; Kofem, Hungary; and Suzhou, China.
The company has recently invested in expanding capabilities in each of these regions to support business growth.