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Truck industry eyes full-scale transition to aluminium wheels

New alloy wheel formulations can save truck fleets both pounds and dollars, learns Freddie Holmes

Truck wheels have a tough life. Subjected to the elements over long distances year-after-year and tasked with transporting as much as 80,000lbs in gross vehicle weight (GVW), they need to be durable against the elements. But for fleet operators, just being resistant to corrosion and scrapes doesn’t cut it – they need to be light, strong and importantly, cost effective.

There has been a gradual shift away from steel wheels in the commercial vehicle (CV) sector as a result, and uptake is set to double between 2010 and …

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