HANNOVER, Germany – 22 September 2016 – Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW) – a leading supplier of components to the European and North American commercial vehicle industries – today introduced a new lightweight steel wheel from Gianetti Ruote for Europe’s commercial vehicle industry. Weighing just 34 kilograms, the new wheel for truck and trailer applications will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2017. Its new design incorporates improved mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of new high-strength low-alloy steel. It also includes the safety hump, protected valve configuration and stringent biaxial testing performance required by leading OEMs. Gianetti’s design engineering process enabled it to trim the wheel’s weight without changing the disc thickness, resulting in a wheel that is lighter yet equally durable as its predecessor. Accuride introduced the wheel during its news briefing at IAA 2016 in Hannover, Germany, Hall 13, Stand F18.
“Gianetti Ruote is aggressively reengineering its steel wheel design and manufacturing processes to help customers reduce vehicle weight and emissions while increasing fuel economy and payload,” Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch said. “This new lightweight wheel represents the latest breakthrough in Gianetti Ruote’s effort to deliver the industry’s lightest, most durable and environmentally conscious steel wheels. Look for more design innovation from Gianetti Ruote in 2017.”
Gianetti Ruote supplies lightweight yet durable steel wheels to Europe’s leading commercial vehicle OEMs. Valued by customers for its design and materials engineering, Gianetti offers wheels for truck, bus and trailer applications in sizes ranging from 16″ to 24″ in diameter and 6.75″ to 14.00″ in width. These include tubeless disc, tube-type and wide-base steel wheels meticulously assembled under Gianetti Ruote’s strict standards for optimum quality, performance and service life. For additional information, go to www.GianettiRuote.com/product
About Gianetti Ruote S.r.l.
Headquartered in Ceriano Laghetto near Milan, Italy, Gianetti Ruote is a leading producer of steel wheels for the European commercial vehicle industry. Gianetti has maintained its technology and innovation leadership for over 130 years. Founded in the 1880s, today Gianetti Ruote is a division of the Accuride Wheels business unit of U.S.based Accuride Corporation, which acquired a majority stake in Gianetti in 2015 from CLN Group of Italy. Gianetti produces high-quality steel wheels for trucks, buses and trailers. A leading OEM supplier, the company is expanding its presence within the European commercial vehicle industry with trailer manufacturers and Aftermarket tire and wheel distributors. For more information: www.GianettiRuote.com.
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