Alcoa and CIMC Vehicles (Shandong) Co., Ltd., a specialty truck manufacturer in China, have formed a strategic partnership to design and develop a new aluminum fuel tanker trailer for the Asian market. Alcoa will combine its design, engineering, and manufacturing expertise with CIMC Shandong’s fabrication knowledge. According to Alcoa, the aluminum trailer will be 30% lighter than conventional stainless-steel trailers, resulting in increased payload, greater fuel savings, and lower emissions. CIMC anticipates payback within one year for its customers. The Alcoa Bohai plant in Qinhuangdao, China, will supply the aluminum sheet, and Alcoa Fastening Systems (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., in Jiangsu, China, will provide the Huck brand fasteners. The first prototype is expected to be road-tested in Jinan City and Beijing in October.