EVANSVILLE, Ind. – July 11, 2013 – Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW), a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry, today announced the introduction of the Gunite® Silver Lightweight Brake Drum from its Accuride Wheel End Solutions™ brand. The new Silver Lightweight Brake Drum (designated 4000X) provides commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers and fleets with an affordable high-strength, lightweight full-cast brake drum as an alternative to lightweight steel-shell drums, while improving durability and performance at the reduced weight. This 100-percent-made-in-the-USA brake drum is cast and machined at Gunite’s Rockford, Ill., facility.
With the launch of its Silver Lightweight Brake Drum, Gunite has addressed the market niche between its 9006X GOLD® lightweight premium drum and the 3600A®X full-cast standard drum. It utilizes engineered design enhancements and advanced metallurgy to affordably achieve a 12.5-lb. weight savings over standard full-cast drums. To do this without compromising performance, Gunite’s engineers have utilized a high-strength gray iron featuring improved mechanical and structural material characteristics.
“The new Gunite Silver Lightweight Brake Drum demonstrates our commitment to deliver industry-leading wheel end component technology by offering customers unparalleled performance, value and weight savings,” said Chuck Byrnes, Accuride Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “That translates into additional payload, better fuel economy and lower operating cost without sacrificing the quality and dependability that our customers count on from Gunite. It is the latest in our broad range of drums that provide superior heat transfer characteristics and over-the-road durability at the weight and price that best meets our customers’ needs.”
Key features and benefits of the Gunite Silver Lightweight Brake Drum include:
• Uniform Heat Dissipation – Consistent section thickness ensures uniform heat transfer performance.
• Strong and Efficient at Reduced Weight – State-of-the-art casting and structural simulation analysis tools combined with high-strength gray iron create an optimum mounting flange and wrap-around design that contributes to overall weight reduction without compromising design integrity.
• Consistent Quality – Advanced state-of-the-art machining process ensures consistent quality and reliability.
• Performance Tested – Exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121 (FMVSS) dynamometer test requirements along with Gunite’s additional rigorous internal durability test standards.
• Advanced Production Processes – Foundry metallurgy continually monitored and controlled to achieve maximum consistency, while state-of-the-art machining utilizes in-process quality checks of key characteristics to achieve world-class quality standards drum after drum.
The Silver Lightweight Brake Drum is Gunite’s response to customers’ need to manage total vehicle weight and operating cost while maximizing payload. Weighing just 99.5 lbs., it delivers the weight savings to increase payload and reduce fuel consumption, and achieve the lowest possible cost per mile. With its 12.5 lb. weight reduction per wheel end over full-cast drums – an 11 percent weight reduction – the new drum reduces a truck-trailer combination’s total weight by 100 lbs.
“In today’s trucking environment, our customers continue to depend on advanced technology from Gunite to address their operational challenges,” said Byrnes. “The Silver Lightweight Brake Drum continues Gunite’s heritage of innovation. It provides customers with a lower-weight option to standard drums at an affordable price point without compromising performance. That means dependable braking, designed-in durability, effective heat transfer, consistent quality, and longer life.
“Gunite produces the Silver Lightweight Brake Drum – and all of our brake drums and hubs – right here in the USA in factories that we own and operate. That gives us complete control over the manufacturing process from start to finish and enables us to offer consistent high-quality wheel end components backed by one of the best warranties in the business,” added Byrnes.
To learn more about the Gunite Silver Lightweight Brake Drum – and the full range of Gunite’s industry-leading wheel end components and solutions made and assembled in the USA – visit www.AccurideWheelEndSolutions.com. From there, you can access Gunite’s cross-reference and interchange search to view the Silver Lightweight Brake Drum’s interchangeability with other competing drums.
With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels, wheel-end components and assemblies, truck body and chassis parts, and other commercial vehicle components. Accuride began marketing Accuride® Wheels (steel and forged aluminum wheels) and Gunite® (brake drums, disc wheel hubs, spoke wheels, rotors, and slack adjusters) products jointly under the Accuride Wheel End Solutions™ brand to capitalize on the complementary nature of the two businesses’ product lines to enhance customer service, ordering process, manufacturing, engineering, and overall dependability. Other Accuride products are marketed under the Imperial™ and Brillion™ brand names. Accuride’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ACW. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.AccurideWheelEndSolutions.com.
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