The aluminium alloy wheel usually has better heat conductivity, anti-corrosive properties and is much lighter than the steel wheel making it the best option for passenger vehicles. Aluminium alloy wheels are manufactured using casting and forging process. Less weight on the wheel creates less stress on the tire, and so a balance is created. Aluminium and alloy wheels are largely corrosion-resistant, but prone to galvanic corrosion. They are available in attractive bare-metal finishes because of their anti-corrosive properties which eliminates any need for paint. They also enhance performance by manipulating handling and suspension and add a brilliant appearance to the vehicle.
They are homogeneous hybrid casts, and manufactured in many types of alloy wheels, such as forged aluminium, one piece and two piece cast alloy wheels etc. Out of all the types, forged aluminium alloys are most expensive wheels.
We are listing top 10 aluminium alloy wheel manufacturers globally based on their market size, business volumes and brand awareness.
A family owned Family business since 1962, BORBET from Germany's Sauerland region has become a worldwide leader in the manufacture of light alloy wheels. BORBET is characterised by perfect quality, innovative technologies and pioneering design. Over the years, the company has become a sought after partner for the automobile industry and speciality retail.
Since the legendary BORBET A-Wheel first became a global success in 1987, the company has introduced an array of various designs to the streets. From Germany's Sauerland region into the world: BORBET wheels make sure people keep rolling around the globe. Today, this internationally successful brand is part of a group that includes nine locations with around 4,600 employees.
ENKEI custom wheels deliver the latest in alloy wheel designs that use composite alloy technology such as, casting/forged processes, rigid testing that must pass stringent JGTC Standards and unsurpassed manufacturing facilities.
The Enkei group is commercially active throughout Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe, supplying all the largest Japanese car manufacturers and General Motors in the OEM market, as well as countless consumers in the automotive aftermarket. Enkei also produces sophisticated high-tech racing wheels for a variety of motorsport, including rallying, drift, sportscar racing and single-seater racing. Enkei has been an official supplier to the McLaren F1 team since 1995. As a result of continuous improvement and technological innovations, Enkei continues to remain a top supplier in the global alloy wheel market.
3. Ronal Wheels
RONAL, SPEEDLINE CORSE, SPEEDLINE TRUCK – these are the brand names of the wheels manufactured and sold around the world by the RONAL GROUP. The company is one of the world’s leading suppliers on the OEM and aftermarket for cars and commercial vehicles. With approximately 7000 employees, the RONAL GROUP is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of alloy wheels for cars and commercial vehicles and is the only integrated producer of cast and forged aluminium wheels.
Today, over 20 million wheels are produced by RONAL every year in 11 factories on 3 continents. The RONAL GROUP presence in Eastern Europe, the NAFTA area and Asia makes it one of the few global players.
4. CM Wheels
CM WheelsLtd specialises in the supply of alloy wheels, accessories and styling products. The company stocks a wide range of products for all Makes / Models of vehicles including OEM and aftermarket Wheels for BMW, Mercedes, VW, Audi, Seat models + many more and all 4x4's (RangeRover, Nissan, Mitshubishi etc). CM Wheels is a UK based company, supplying products to UK, Ireland, Europe and Internationally.
5. ALCOA WHEELS (Arconic)
After the the separation of the two companies on November 1, last year , the brand Alcoa Wheels now falls under the business profile of Arconic.
Alcoa invented the first forged aluminum truck wheel in 1948 and by doing so; the company started an entirely new industry. Alcoa truck wheels have been helping customers save fuel and reduce maintenance by switching out heavy steel wheels for lightweight aluminium and the company is stll number one in its production. Alcoa Wheels make the following catagories of aluminium alloy wheels for its global customers:
Alcoa Wheels makes one-piece forged aluminum wheels for pickups, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), recreational vehicles (RVs), vans and other vehicles.
6. CITIC Dicastal
CITIC DICASTAL was originally DICASTAL WHEEL MANUFACTURING CO and is the first aluminium manufacturer in China mainland which was invested by CITIC group in 1988. CITIC Dicastal is the largest supplier for aluminum wheel and chassis components in the world.
Now Dicastal supplies main OEMs both domestic and abroad including Mercedes-Benz, BWW, Audi, VW, Peugeot- Citroen, Renault – Nissan, GM, Ford, FCA, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai-Kia, FAW, SAIC, Dongfeng Motor Corparation, GAC Group, BAIC Motor, Changan Motor etc. In Europe, Dicastal has strong supply ability and more than a half of the vehicles has components made by CITIC DICASTAL.
7. Maxion Wheels
Maxion Wheels and its subsidiaries have been supplying OEMs with the highest quality wheels and most innovative technologies for over 100 years. The parent company of Maxion Wheels is Iochpe-Maxion which is known for its long-term growth, infrastructure and stability.
With an international network of strategically located engineering, technology and production facilities, Maxion is one of the few wheel manufacturers who can deliver on a global platform in the true sense. This allows the company to reduce logistical costs and eliminate duplicate processes.
A world leader in the light-weight wheel market, the company currently supplies aluminium passenger car wheels to every major OEM in the world. Maxion Wheels produces cast aluminium wheels at multiple plants throughout the world with a high degree of styling flexibility and endless selection of coatings, finishes or claddings.
8. UNIWHEELS Group
UNIWHEELS Group of companies is one of the leading manufacturers of alloy wheels in the European aftermarket and one of the largest wheels suppliers to the automotive industry.
The internationally renowned brands of UNIWHEELS, ATS, RIAL, ALUTEC and ANZIO give the company a comprehensive know-how in the aftermarket. These four brands with their huge product portfolio offer wheels for all target groups, from premium to economy in more than 30 countries worldwide.
9. Foshan Nanhai Zhongnan Aluminum Wheel Co., Ltd.
Foshan Nanhai Zhongnan Aluminum Wheel Co., Ltd. has been one of the earliest, largest and the most famous aluminium alloy wheel manufactures in China. ZNA is well-known for its technical skill on aluminium wheels manufacturing.
As a nationally approved large high-tech enterprise, founded in 1990, ZNA is capable of producing 1.5 million aluminium alloy auto wheels and 3 million aluminium alloy motorcycle wheels every year. After ramp up, the annual output of auto and motorcycle aluminium alloy wheels will rise to over 20 million.
By these years, ZNA has constantly explored the domestic and international market, enhancing strategic cooperation. Products are sold to the Europe, American, Canada, Japan, Australia, South-east Asia and some other countries and regions.
10. Superior Industries
Superior Industries is a leader in the manufacturing of cast aluminium and flow formed wheels. The company was originally founded by entrepreneur Louis Borick in 1957. Since then, Superior has grown to become the largest manufacturer of aluminium wheels for passenger cars and light duty vehicles in North America.
Superior operates five manufacturing facilities employing approximately 3,300 people in the United States and Mexico. World class aluminium wheels with premium finishes are what set the company apart from the crowd to place it among the top alloy wheel OEMs in the world.
The global automotive market is growing faster driven by the economic growth, mostly in the Asian countries. With the growing awareness about end of life recycling and sustainability, fuel consumption and carbon footprints in the automotive sector, along with the new CAFÉ rules, the use of aluminium and other composite materials in cars is growing immensely as this can contribute significantly towards lightweighting and save fuel consumption and enhance performance. The trend is going to continue and it opens up more potential for the growth of aluminium alloy wheel market globally. More and more OEMs are making alloy wheels to leverage upon the growing opportunities. Other than the names included in the article, we have names like Gmp Italia, Fondmetal, Anchi Aluminium Wheel, Wanfeng Group, Brock, ALCAR group, Futek Alloys, Breyton who are top manufacturers and suppliers of aluminium alloy wheels.