More Intuitive Interface, Latest Data Compares Wheel Buying Options
CLEVELAND–Alcoa Wheels today launched Version 2.0 of its innovative CalcuLighter™,
the easy to use on-line tool designed to provide commercial vehicle
fleet managers and owner-operators the kind of detailed information they
need when making wheel buying decisions to lower operating costs,
improve productivity and reduce greenhouse gases.
CalcuLighter™ from Alcoa Wheels provides financial data with instant
results for comparing steel and aluminum wheel alternatives. The tool
calculates fuel, payload, scrap value and wheel maintenance information
with N.A.D.A. Official Commercial Truck Guide trade-in value and
carbon emission data to compare different investment results when
selecting between wheel alternatives.
“This latest version of CalcuLighter™ includes interface enhancements
along with all of the statistical data reflecting the most recent
regulations affecting the trucking industry,” said Mike Parnell, Vice
President and General Manager – Alcoa Commercial Vehicle Wheels.
Users input their fleet profile, including number of tractors and
trailers, and choose the wheel alternatives they want to consider. The
results change instantaneously as new information is entered. Users can
also print out their results and file for future reference when
purchasing wheels or ordering vehicles.
In combination with the launch of the upgrade to CalcuLighter™ Version
2.0, Alcoa Wheels also announced a new positioning statement, “Driving
Your Bottom Line™” to reflect an on-going commitment to improving
productivity and lowering operating costs for fleet managers and
“With a commitment to innovation and products like LvL ONE® technology,
Alcoa continues to offer wheel solutions that improve operating costs
and productivity. Now CalcuLighter™ illustrates the real value of
switching to Alcoa aluminum wheels in an accurate, easy to use, on-line
format,” concluded Parnell.
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 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’s leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day
aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in
the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction,
commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets
over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are
flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as
Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and
building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such
as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.