Alcoa Aluminum Wheels Recognized for Safety and Energy Efficiency in China
NEW YORK & BEIJING -- January 31, 2013
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) received a 2013 Accessory of the Year Award in the category of
Best Safety and Energy Savings for the contributions of its forged aluminum
wheels to China's bus manufacturing industry. The annual awards are organized
by leading Chinese trade publications CNbuses.com and shangyongqiche.com and
supported by the China Tourism News.
"We have been supplying Alcoa forged aluminum wheels to the Chinese bus market
for nearly a decade,” said Tim Myers, President, Alcoa Wheel and
Transportation Products. "This award acknowledges the important role our
lightweight, durable wheels play in helping improve the performance and
efficiency of commercial vehicles throughout China."
In selecting Alcoa Wheels for the award, the trade publications cited three
factors: Alcoa's brand influence and reputation; the application of Alcoa's
advanced process and technologies in the Chinese market; and Alcoa as an
industry leader in helping lightweight the commercial vehicle industry.
Manufacturers, industry experts, media and the online public voted for winners
in several categories including bus power, chassis, transmission, safety and
energy savings, and smart technology.
Alcoa produces parts for various Chinese bus manufacturers, including Yutong,
China's largest bus manufacturer, and Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Co. Ltd.
Alcoa's Super Single Wheels have contributed to better energy savings on
Wuzhoulong's electric and hybrid buses.
Alcoa has had a presence in China since 2004, when it began selling wheels out
of Shanghai. Since then, the business has grown to include an employee base in
Guangzhou, Beijing, Jinan and Suzhou. Last December, Alcoa opened a production
facility in Suzhou, China, marking an expansion that creates a full wheel
manufacturing, distribution, sales and service network in China.
About Alcoa Wheels
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio,
serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets with products
used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, premium
products such as Dura-Bright®, Dura-Flange®, LvL ONE® and M-Series™ medium
truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these
markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Commercial Vehicle Wheels,
Forged Specialty Wheels and Transportation Products. It employs 1,500 people
at 13 locations worldwide. More information can be found at
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as
well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In
addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has
been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building
and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and
industrial markets over the past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets
are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as
Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and
building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of
Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides
to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum
ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs
approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more
information, visit www.alcoa.com and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at
Kelly Pasterick, 212-836-2674
Monica Orbe, 212-836-2632
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