Accuride Unveils Lighter Aluminum Wheel


Source: Accuride

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Accuride Corporation – a leading supplier of components to the global commercial vehicle industry – today announced weight improvements for its Accu-Lite® family of light-weight aluminum wheels, as well as a new 38 pound ten hand-hole wheel.

Accuride’s unique design and manufacturing process, combined with the superior performance of Quantum 99™ aluminum alloy, allows Accuride to specifically control the grain structure, making the wheel stronger and maintaining the wheel’s service life while also lightening the wheel to help improve fuel savings.

“This new wheel design has really proven itself during our two years of field testing on the Canadian highway system,” says Craig Kessler, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Accuride.

  • 43644 – 38 lbs. 22.5 x 8.25″ – the newest part number in the Accu-Lite® line of aluminum wheels.

Accuride has utilized a new patent-pending aluminum alloy to reduce the weight of three part numbers by 3-4 pounds each; a 5-7 percent improvement overall. The new alloy employs an improved grain structure that improves fatigue, so less material is needed.

  • 42362 – 24.5 x 8.25″ second generation wheel, now 50 lbs., a four pound weight reduction.
  • 43142 – 22.5 x 14.00″ third generation Duplex® wheel, reduced from 55 to 51 lbs.
  • 43140 – 22.5 x 14.00″ third generation Duplex® wheel, reduced from 54 to 51 lbs.

In addition to bringing the lightest aluminum wheels to the market, Accuride has improved and expanded on its customization of coating technologies with ProShield XGT™, an extreme gloss technology improving shine, cleanability, and corrosion resistance, along with ProShield Black, a custom matte-black finish. Look for both coatings to be released in the first quarter of 2020. Along with the ProShield coatings, all Accu-Lite® wheels are available with Standard Polish (SP) and Extra Polish (XP).

Accuride is the proven leader in wheel technology in North America and continues to innovate to reduce weight and improve fuel savings for its customers without sacrificing performance. 

“We are proud of our aluminum wheel materials engineering team that helps us deliver the weight savings and performance that the industry has grown to expect from us,” said Greg Risch, President, Accuride Americas.

About Accuride Corporation

Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of wheel end systems to the global commercial vehicle industry and has its world headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA. The company’s products include steel and aluminum commercial vehicle wheels and wheel-end components and assemblies; and steel wheels for the European automotive and global agricultural, construction and industrial equipment markets. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End Solutions™, Gunite®, and KIC®.  Accuride is a portfolio company of Crestview Partners.  For more information:  www.AccurideCorp.com

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