With the AEZ Forged Series, Alcar says its AEZ brand has “entered the premium class of light alloy wheels.” The first Forged Series model to be released is the AEZ Steam.forged, a wheel designed exclusively with the Tesla S and X in mind. The Steam.forged is ECE approved – a first for an AEZ forged alloy rim – and 100 per cent TPMS compatible.
If you’ve bought a new car any time recently, or indeed since the start of the century, chances are it arrived with alloy rims as standard. Alloys are well established as the fitment of choice in Europe, and widespread OEM take-up has been accompanied by rising expectations regarding quality. The knock-on effect of this has also influenced the aftermarket: Amongst those meeting demand for higher quality products by investing in their facilities is the Alcar Group, which recently ploughed around 7.3 million euros into the final stages of the manufacturing process.
‘Vienna is different!’ Or so the The Austrian capital’s well-known slogan tells us. This motto has just taken on a new meaning since AEZ Leichtmetallräder, manufacturer of premium alloy rims for the European car aftermarket, has implemented a very special project together with a tradition-steeped Viennese carriage company. Nomen est omen.
Johann Trampusch is a third-generation entrepreneur of horse-drawn carriages, and for years has been transporting everything from promotion tours to VIPs.
As sole UK distributor of the alloy wheel brands produced by the Alcar Group – AEZ, Dezent, Dotz and Enzo – Wheelwright Ltd is supplied from the Austrian firm’s European facilities, including the Neuenrade-Küntrop plant in Germany, which in April was renamed from AEZ Produktion GmbH to Alcar Leichtmetallräder Produktion GmbH. This is Alcar’s main alloy wheel production facility; the plant exclusively caters to the aftermarket and has a production capacity between one and 1.2 million aluminium rims. The production portfolio covers all four abovementioned brands – these are manufactured in 14 to 22-inch sizes for passenger cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
German alloy rim manufacturer AEZ Produktion GmbH, producer of the Dotz, Dezent, Enzo and AEZ brands, has been renamed Alcar Leichtmetallräder Produktion GmbH. The new name is valid immediately, however the company states that aside from this one change, all is business as usual – “all terms and conditions, such as sales and shipment policies, remain unchanged.”