CLEVELAND–Alcoa Transportation Products was awarded a 2009 Automotive News PACE
Award. The prestigious award recognizes automotive suppliers for
superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance.
Alcoa Transportation Products was recognized for its Alcoa Vacuum Die
Casting (AVDC) for Lightweight Door Assemblies developed as an
integrated casting alloy, process and equipment “systems solution” which
provides vehicle manufacturers within the passenger auto and commercial
transportation market segments the opportunity to maximize weight
savings (30-35%), consolidate parts (60-70% BOM/parts reduction) and
reduce system costs of lightweight door systems.
The patented AVDC process integrates dimensionally stable high strength
and high ductility casting alloys and large die part size capability to
expand the lightweight options for door inner panels beyond multiple
piece stamped aluminum or steel sheet stampings. The innovation has been
utilized by leading auto manufacturers, including most recently with
Nissan on its high performance GT-R sports sedan.
During his acceptance speech, Kevin Kramer, President – Alcoa Wheel and
Transportation Products stated, “We are honored to be recognized as a
winner for this prestigious award. AVDC is our second win in the last
three years and this is a big deal. The Automotive News PACE Award
reinforces Alcoa’s commitment that innovation is our past and our
The 15th annual PACE (Premier Automotive
Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award was presented
by Automotive News, Ernst & Young LLP and the Transportation Research
Center Inc. The competition was open to suppliers who contribute
products, processes, materials or services directly to the manufacture
of cars or trucks. The award is accepted around the world as the
industry symbol of innovation. Alcoa Transportation Products was awarded
in the Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment category following an
extensive review by an independent panel of judges including a
comprehensive written application and a site visit.
Alcoa most recently was awarded an Automotive News PACE award for
Dura-Bright® technology for forged aluminum wheels in 2007. This latest
win is Alcoa’s second award in as many attempts. For complete details of
the Automotive News PACE Award, visit www.automotivenews.com/pace.
About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland,
Ohio, serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets
with products used in a range of applications including cast and forged
aluminum wheels, aluminum space frames, specialized vacuum die cast
products, niche products such as Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® wheels
and M-Series™ medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other
aluminum components for these markets. AWTP is composed of three
divisions: Transportation Products, Commercial Vehicle Wheels, and
Automotive Wheels. It employs 2,800 people at 30 locations worldwide.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world leader in the production and management of
primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its
active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry.
Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and
construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing
design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa’s
businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components
including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings,
Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and
investment castings, and building systems. The Company has been named
one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for seven consecutive years. More information
can be found at www.alcoa.com.