Alcoa Rolls Out Dura-Bright EVO Wheel
January 27, 2014 - Products
Alcoa has rolled out a new commercial truck wheel, the Dura-Bright EVO wheel.
Alcoa’s new surface-treated Dura-Bright EVO wheel maintains all the benefits of its predecessor, the Dura-Bright wheel with XBR technology, while taking the wheel’s performance to a new level. The Dura-Bright EVO wheel is 10 times more resistant to corrosion primarily caused by road salts and weather elements, according to the company. In addition, the wheel is up to three times more resistant to chemicals, including hydrofluoric acid, found in some truck wash cleaning agents.
The Dura-Bright EVO wheel is now commercially available in Europe, where the company has already seen significant adoption of its Dura-Bright wheels. Alcoa has begun producing the wheel at its manufacturing plant in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. The wheel is expected to be available in all other markets in 2015.
Dura-Bright is not a coating, but rather a surface treatment that penetrates the aluminum and becomes an integral part of the wheel. Regular cleaning with commonly used truck cleaning products or with just soap and water will keep the wheels shiny, according to the company. In addition, Alcoa’s wheels are made from one piece of forged aluminum, making them lighter and five times stronger than steel wheels, increasing payload and fuel efficiency.