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Wheels India completes multi million pound Xlite wheels investment

Wheels India (WIL) has completed a multi-million pound investment to setup a state-of-the-art facility to meet increased demand for xlite forged aluminium wheels, and announced the next generation Xbrite will be launched this Spring.

The products are available throughout the UK and Europe from Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD),who recently retained supply rights for the CV ranges having signed a three-year contract extension with the global manufacturing giant.

xlite wheels, which are five times stronger and 40 percent lighter than the standard steel equivalent, are forged from a single aluminium billet using a computerised numeric control machine to produce a higher degree of production accuracy. They are available in 17.5,19.5, 22.5 and 24.5 inch sizes.

The wheels are available with three finishes – machined, polished and Xbrite – with the latter due to benefit from a new clear coat facility which will produce the highest levels of corrosion resistance and shine. More details of the product will be released in due course.

The ultimate advantages of operating with forged aluminium wheels includes extra payloads, reduced diesel usage and decreased CO² emissions. Other added benefits include unique safety features, reduced vibration and longer wear on surrounding parts.

John Ellis, managing director of MWSD, said: "Never one to rest on their laurels, WIL has been continuously upgrading their factory and facilities to attain exceptional manufacturing capabilities aided by a strong R&D function.

"Since their launch in 2010, xlite wheels have proven to be an exceptional forged aluminium product across the breadth of commercial vehicle operations, and the next generation Xbrite will be very well received in the market having been specifically designed for higher corrosive environments."

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