In markets where green electricity is not readily available from the grid, on-site solar power generation is an important way of bridging the green energy gap. The Maxion Wheels Saraburi plant in central Thailand is the company’s first to use solar energy to decarbonise aluminium wheel production.
In order to optimise the efficiency of its aluminium wheel production facility in Limeira, Brazil, Maxion Wheels has created a virtual replica of the plant’s production processes. By employing ‘Digital Twin’ technology, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer can anticipate how the actual plant performs under specific conditions, thereby ensuring it achieves the highest levels of efficiency and efficacy. Maxion now intends to roll out the technology at other facilities around the world.
Wheelwright Limited’s management team recently acquired the company from previous managing director Kevin Greer through a management buyout process. According to the company, “this means that Wheelwright Limited is now owned and operated by the same team of experienced enthusiasts that helped the Kent-based company achieve its existing position as the country’s leading supplier of aftermarket wheels and chassis-related products.”
Wheel manufacturer Borbet says that production is continuing “without disruption” after a fire at its Solingen site in Germany. Fire services were called out on Tuesday to deal with a thermal reaction in an outside IPC container in which aluminium sludge was stored for disposal.
The Ronal Group is launching the R68 multi-spoke wheel to complement its aftermarket range. The new wheel features “20 opposing yet interrelated spokes” which “merge into a single technical and visual unit”. The R68 is available with two different surface finishes – jet-black as well “hyper grey”, which is a new Ronal colour.
Netherlands-based tyre wholesaler Heuver is now a European distributor for the Xlite range of aluminium truck wheels. These wrought aluminium truck wheels, produced in accordance with TÜV and ISO9001 norms, are stronger yet 40 per cent lighter than a standard steel equivalent.
Aluminium casting and automotive parts specialist, Citic Dicastal kicked off production at its second aluminium wheel factory in Morocco at the end of December 2020. With a budget of 350 million euros, the Chinese wheelmaker aims to double its capacity in Morocco to 6 million wheels and create a total of 1,250 jobs. According to local news reports, the Dicastal-made wheels are destined for vehicles made by the French OEM PSA Group as well as exports.
Speedline Truck has added the SLT 3698 to its range of forged light alloy wheels. According to the company, the SLT 3698 is the first forged light alloy truck wheel in 22.5 x 9.75-inch to meet the more “extreme” needs of megatrailers.
Mak has added a 23-inch fitment to its Speciale and Speciale-D (Deep) range. According to the company, the Special 23” is designed to satisfy the most demanding drivers of cars such as the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Coupé.
BBS’s provisional administrator, Thomas Oberle, as provisional insolvency administrator, has clarified that there are not “structural problems” at the firms two plants in Schiltach and Herbolzheim. And therefore, that was not the reason for the well-known wheel brand’s recent insolvency our German group publication Reifenpresse.de reported.
MWheels has launched the next generation of its Xlite and Xbrite forged aluminium 11.75 x 22.5” 120 offset wheels. The exclusive distributor said the size is one of the most popular and versatile sizes in the UK market. Suitable for 385/65R22.5 tyres, it is widely used on numerous truck and trailer applications across all industry sectors.
Alcoa aluminium wheels is now a Howmet Aerospace brand. On 1 April, Howmet Aerospace Inc. launched as a standalone company following the completion of Arconic Inc.’s separation into two firms. Howmet Aerospace is active in the aerospace, defence and space, and commercial transportation sectors and is made up of engine products, fastening systems, engineered structures and forged wheels businesses that in 2019 generated more than US$7 billion in revenue.
Almost every sporty and upmarket vehicle has them – wheels made of aluminium. However, very few people know that the very first car to wear these wheels was a Bugatti. Some 95 years ago, French vehicle producer Ettore Bugatti fitted aluminium wheels for the very first time on a Type 35.