EVANSVILLE, Ind., Mar 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Accuride Corporation (OTCBB: ACUZ) today announced that in support of
the revised stopping distance regulations for standard three-axle
tractors, it is introducing two new sizes of its Gunite Optimum
Lightweight Drum (GOLDTM). The new regulations will go into
effect August 1, 2011.
"The new 16.5 x 8 inch (9020X) and 16.5 x 8 5/8 inch (9019X) GOLD drum
sizes complement Gunite's existing 16.5 x 5 inch steer axle GOLD brake
drum (9002X)," said Tony Pape, Accuride's Vice President of Marketing.
"Adding the new GOLD drums for the larger high performance drum brake
systems that will be coming out in August 2011, can save fleets an
additional 76 pounds over full cast drums, offsetting weight penalties
of the larger front and rear brakes."
GOLD brake drums are designed to be an optimum balance between
durability and thermal capability, providing the performance of Gunite's
standard full-cast drums, yet saving as much as 170 pounds versus
standard full-cast drums on a typical tractor/trailer combination.
"During two years of GOLD drum field-testing on standard 15 x 4 inch
steer axle brakes and 16.5 x 7 inch drive and trailer axle brakes,
fleets reported longer drum life without increased lining wear," added
Pape. "Collectively, drum life expectancy was reported to increase in
front (steer) axle applications by 50-75 percent, rear (drive) axle
applications by 20-50 percent, and trailer axle applications by 20-40
percent. Gunite field-testing is also showing that GOLD brake drums are
effective in reducing brake drum 'squeal' versus lightweight steel shell
composite brake drums."
GOLDTM drums are a key component in Accuride's Lightweight
Wheel-end offering consisting of Accuride aluminum wheels, the lightest
weight industry standard steel wheel, Gunite GOLDTM drum,
Gunite Tru-Set(R) optimized ductile hub, and the Gunite
automatic slack adjuster.
"Standard three-axle tractor" refers to typical three-axle tractors that
have a steer axle Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) less than or equal to
14,600 pounds and a combined drive axle GAWR less than or equal to
45,000 pounds, for a total Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) equal to
or less than 59,600 pounds.
Accuride Corporation is one of the largest and most diversified
manufacturers and suppliers of commercial vehicle components in North
America. Accuride's products include commercial vehicle wheels,
wheel-end components and assemblies, truck body and chassis parts,
seating assemblies and other commercial vehicle components. Accuride's
products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride,
Gunite, Imperial, Bostrom, Fabco, Brillion, and Highway Original. For
more information, visit Accuride's website at http://www.accuridecorp.com.
SOURCE: Accuride Corporation
Todd Taylor, 812-962-5105
Eva Schmitz, 812-962-5011