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Showcase of innovation and progress in Brisbane

With its successful conclusion, the Brisbane Truck Show 2023 has left attendees and industry professionals buzzing with excitement.

This year’s event exemplified the dynamic and innovative nature of the trucking industry, showcasing ground-breaking releases from Howmet Wheel Systems, the manufacturer and distributor of Alcoa Wheels, with the release of the lightweight Alcoa ULT36x wheel, weighing just 16kg.

This revolutionary development holds immense promise for improved efficiency and sustainability in the trucking sector.

Let’s explore the positive impact of this release and its potential to shape the future of the industry.

Enhanced efficiency

A standout achievement of the Alcoa ULT36x wheel lies in its lightweight design, which employs advanced materials and an innovative hand-hole-free structure. These wheels offer a significant reduction in weight without compromising performance. This breakthrough translates into higher efficiency and cost savings for trucking companies, as the increased payload capacity allows for optimised operations, reduced fuel consumption and decreased carbon emissions.

The Alcoa ULT36x wheel is 1.6kg lighter than its predecessor, weighing just 16.3kg. It is equipped with proprietary Magna Force alloy, 17 per cent stronger than the industry standard, and has played a critical role in developing the ULT36x. Commercial fleet operators can achieve maximum efficiency and profitability with the ULT36x wheel, even in tough conditions.

Some of the highlights of the new wheel include:
• Savings of up to 2L of fuel per 1000km when converting from steel to aluminium on all positions

  • Exceptional strength with a 3355kg load rating
  • Alcoa advanced finishes LvL One and Mirror Polish
  • Exclusive Alcoa Dura-Bright and Dura-BlackTM surface treatments
  • Patent-pending wheel design – No hand holes, impact tested and designed for strength.

Innovation is the key

Innovation remains a driving force within the trucking industry, as demonstrated by the introduction of the Alcoa ULT36x wheel. Technological advancements play a pivotal role in improving safety and efficiency. By embracing these innovations, the industry exemplifies its commitment to continuous improvement.

The Alcoa ULT36x wheel also incorporates the company’s vHubTM Bore Technology, which reduces hub-to-wheel contact area by up to 64 per cent compared to other aluminium wheels, minimising surface area for corrosion to form.

Advance surface treatment
ULT36x will be available with Alcoa Dura-Bright Wheels surface treatment, which acts like a force field around your wheels that repels dirt. So, when it’s time to clean, a simple soap and water wash gets you back on the road. No more polishing. Less time washing, more time driving.

Alcoa Dura-Bright Wheels are manufactured using proprietary technology and production processes specifically tailored to achieve superior aesthetics, easy maintenance, and durability. Alcoa Dura-Bright surface treatment penetrates the aluminium, forming a molecular bond that becomes part of the wheel itself. That means it will not crack, peel or corrode like coated wheels, looking newer for longer.

These advancements showcased in the trucking industry signify a brighter and more prosperous future. The Alcoa ULT36x wheel marks a significant milestone in efficiency, sustainability and safety. As the industry embraces these innovations, we can expect continued progress and collaboration in the sector.

For more information about the world’s lightest and strongest heavy-duty truck wheels, contact Howmet Wheel Systems at 1800 955 191, email alcoawheels.sales@howmet.com, or visit alcoawheels.com.au.

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