Alloy brand ATS Wheels, distributed in the UK by Wolfrace Wheels, has been confirmed as the official wheel supplier for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). ATS hardware will be found under the arches of the cars of all three OEMs competing in the series; Mercedes, Audi and BMW. ATS will supply 12x18in (front) and 13x18in (back) aluminium forged wheels, produced using a special alloy selected for its extreme strength and lightweight.
All cars competing in the DTM in 2017, starting at Hockenheim this coming weekend, won’t just ride on a new Hankook tyre. As of this year, the entire field will race on ATS forged aluminium rims. Wheel manufacturer Uniwheels developed the 12×18 front and 13×18 rear rims specifically for the German touring car championship, and with this supply arrangement, ATS becomes an official DTM series industry partner.
A 12.2 per cent increase in sales during 2016 lifted Uniwheels AG’s overall sales volumes to more than 8.77 million wheels last year, and the recent completion of expansion work at its facility in Poland will push capacity beyond 10 million units this year. Demand from OEM customers continues to grow, and as a result, Uniwheels is now looking to set up a fifth plant as well as a further expansion of its operation in Poland.
Wheel manufacturer Uniwheels AG has named Thomas Buchholz its new chief executive officer. The chief automotive officer and management board deputy chairman succeeds company founder Ralf Schmid, who will become chairman of Uniwheels’ supervisory board.
At its meeting on 15 June 2015, the Supervisory Board of Uniwheels AG approved the appointment of Dr. Thomas Buchholz as an additional member and deputy chairman of the company’s Executive Board, and named him the next head of the company’s Automotive division. Buchholz will commence in these roles on 10 August.