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  • Commercial Vehicle Wheels Asia

    With the growing awareness of being environmentally responsible, there is a concerted effort by all levels of industry, from manufacturers to transport operators, to provide products and services that support the green movement.

    Bus manufacturers, like Scania and Volvo are no exception. Their efforts to provide environmentally friendly buses cover all major manufacturing specifications, including their wheels!

    The singledeck Euro V buses from Scania hold the distinction as Asias first Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EEV). They were selected to meet Singapores largest public transport operator, SBS Transit Ltds (a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro, one of the worlds largest land transport companies) stringent demands for safety, be environmentally friendly and most importantly, have the potential to minimise fuel consumption. SBS Transit is also investing in new Euro V double deck buses from Volvo.

    The structure of the bus, made of high tensile aluminium alloy, improves fuel efficiency due to weight reduction. To further enhance environmental and fuel performance, lightweight forged aluminium wheels by Alcoa are frequently specified for public buses in Singapore and around the world.

    The new buses from Scania and Volvo feature Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels with XBR Technology, which is not only lighter compared to steel wheels but also offers better heat dissipation for extended tyre and brake life. In addition, Dura-Bright boasts a patented surface treatment that enables it to withstand the demanding rigours of thousands of kilometers and washes - and still maintain its showroom shine. It does not chip, corrode or discolour, and never needs polishing. It is also 100% recyclable. Besides faster, easier cleaning and maintenance, Dura-Bright wheels possess the same legendary one-piece forged aluminium strength all Alcoa wheels are known for, ensuring a safe, comfortable ride for SBS Transit commuters.

    Alcoa and the Industry Taking Initiatives Towards Going Green on the Roads

    Environmentally friendly buses featuring a lightweight aluminium alloy structure and Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels with XBR Technology keep up the good looks while ensuring a comfortable ride in Singapore.


  • Alcoa Goes the Distance in Meeting the Demands of Fleet Customers

    Commercial Vehicle Wheels Asia

    MON Transport Co. Ltd., is a total logistics solutions provider with expertise in the transportation industry in Thailand. It provides general transport solutions, mail and parcel services, as well as dangerous goods transportation. Boasting a young agile fleet, their fully-owned Isuzu trucks range from light commercial pick-up vehicles to 22-wheel container trucks. They also have more than 200 aluminium tanker trucks for handling dangerous goods like petroleum products, liquid carbon dioxide and other chemicals.

    Mon Transport is a major customer of one of Alcoas top procurer, Heil Asia Limited, a leader in providing customised transportation solutions in the form of design and manufacturing of tank trailers and trailer products.

    When Mon expanded with new vehicles to further enhance their high quality service standards, Alcoa forged aluminium wheels were exclusively specifed into the latest tankers to address key concerns including durability and weight reduction.

    According to Ms Sirimon Usap, Director of Mon Transport, the switch from steel wheels to Alcoas aluminium wheels ultimately resulted in higher profits for the company. She said, With 22 wheels on each petroleum tanker, we managed to save 440kg on every vehicle. This signifcant weight reduction allowed us to increase our payload by 500 litres of petrol per tanker, per trip. Thats an estimated 1.2% in extra revenue for the company!

    Alcoa wheels are extremely strong and impact resistant. This is a valuable asset in the transport of dangerous goods. Tankers are expensive trailers, with a service life of over 15 years; and Alcoa wheels are known to last that long, she added.

    The forging process that Alcoa wheels are known for, make them the strongest wheels in the industry. Every wheel starts off as a single block of high-strength corrosion resistant alloy and ends up in wheels with unrivalled forged strength that pass the most demanding tests: TV, LBF and JWL-T. Alcoa forged aluminium wheels have a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty against manufacturing defects and confidently meets the needs of one of Thailands premier transportation companies, Mon Transport.

    Ms. Sirimon Usap, Director of Mon Transport, with Mr Peter Williams, Managing Director, Alcoa Wheel Products Australia & Asia.


  • Kyonggi Bus, Koreas biggest bus company has been dedicated for the past 80 years to providing transport to millions of people all over Korea. Its 5,000-strong bus fleet ply the roads each day, providing city, intercity, express and tour bus services.

    Back in 2003, Kyonggi bus proactively began its search for a solution to reduce fuel consumption. It was then that the company met Alcoa and was introduced to the practical benefits of using aluminium wheels over steel. Alcoas forged aluminium wheels ultimately became the answer they were looking for. When compared to its steel wheel counterpart, Alcoa aluminium wheels weighed over 30% lighter and provided a massive 84kg reduction in total weight per bus. According to their field test, they could obtain approximately 3% fuel savings just by switching to Alcoa wheels. In another comparative test, the company noticed a 10% increase in tyre life and a 16% increase for brakes.

    Consequently, Kyonggi Bus made the revolutionary change to Alcoa forged aluminium wheels. Today, its entire fleet of Daewoo buses showcases Alcoa wheels and continues to benefit from the cost savings and unrivalled performance of the wheels with excellent results.

    Increased Fuel Efficiency & Cost Savings with Alcoa

    Jirisan Express Bus company operates a fleet of more than 40 Daewoo buses in Hamyang city in South Korea. The tour coaches take tourists from Seoul to the famed Jirisan mountain, which is the 2nd highest mountain and one of the most scenic in South Korea.

    Mr. Yang Ki-Hwan, the CEO of Jirisan Express Bus believes that safety is of paramount importance as they are in the business of transporting human lives. There is no compromise on safely

    Safety 1st with Alcoa

    Commercial Vehicle Wheels Asia

    Mr Hur, Myung-Hoi, President/CEO, said, Kyonggi Bus is proud to be associated with Alcoa forged aluminium wheels. We have been using them for 6 years now and have always experienced excellent results. We intend to spec in Alcoa aluminium wheels for every new bus in our fleet expansion plan.

    Mr Hurs confidence in Alcoa wheels is evident in his recommendations when interviewed by the media or when speaking at a public forum. I will not hesitate to recommend Alcoa aluminium wheels to any other company who is looking to boost their fuel efficiency. At Kyonggi Bus, we have seen the difference it has made to our fuel bottom line to know that for sure, he said.

    standards and only the best will do for their customers. That is why Jirisan Express Bus made the switch to Alcoa wheels for all their buses.

    As the buses take on the mountainous roads daily, the heat build up around the tyres is significant and poses a potential hazard to the overall safety of the passengers in the form of tyre breakdowns. It is my belief that the rapid heat dissipation capability of Alcoa aluminium wheels will reduce the chances of tyre failures. Any tyre failure on highways or on mountainous roads can be dangerous, said Mr. Yang.

    Besides the increased assurance of safety, Mr Yang was pleased to add that Jirisan Express Bus company also enjoyed significant savings on tyres & brakes due to the extended life span of these parts.

    The entire fleet of Daewoo buses is now running on cooler Alcoa wheels and Mr. Yang is extremely satisfied with the performance of the wheels. With such deep confidence in Alcoa wheels, he is actively recommending them to several other fleets in the same industry, thus earning himself a reputation as Alcoas brand ambassador!

    Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels with XBR Technology meets the demands of Kyonggi Bus, Koreas biggest bus company.

    Another satisfied customer, Mr Yang Ki-Hwan, CEO of Jirisan Express Bus.


  • Alcoa Wheels Runs True, Lasts Longer on the Dangerous Goods Delivery Route

    Commercial Vehicle Wheels Asia

    Yi Chang Logistics, is an established carrier of Dangerous Goods, handling hazardous substances on a daily basis across China.

    Operating a robust fleet of almost 1,400 tractors and tankers, the company grew from a humble team of 2 to 3 tankers in 2001 to what they are today. Expansion plans to almost double the fleet size are already in the works for 2011.

    To date, 50% of the fleet, comprising tractors and trailers from Dong Feng Limited; Northern Benz; Hang Zhou Special Vehicles; and CIMC Tong Hua Trailers, is fitted with Alcoa wheels! This translates to an astounding 8,000 wheels - and the number is expected to increase with 100% of new vehicles being specified exclusively with Alcoa wheels.

    Yi Chang Logistics prides itself on the high level of service we provide to our customers and maintain a strong commitment to safety while meeting demanding deadlines. With extreme road and weather conditions in China, we need to ensure that our fleet makes their deliveries without any breakdowns. Alcoa aluminium wheels are not only light weight but durable. Their high strength is proven and keeps our fleet running smoothly for the long haul, said Mr Xu Yi Chang, owner of Yi Chang Logistic