Accuride Introduces New Square Box Design for Aftermarket Aluminum Wheels

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – December 11, 2012 – Accuride Wheel End Solutions, a brand of Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW), has introduced a new square box design for aluminum wheels individually packaged for Accuride’s aftermarket and original equipment supplier (OES) customers. Replacing Accuride’s traditional octagonal box design, the new square box was designed to provide even greater protection to high-quality Accuride aluminum wheels during shipping and storage.  This investment in aluminum wheel packaging technology complements Accuride’s commitment to invest in our aluminum wheel production capacity and enhance our process and product engineering capabilities. 

This new packaging is key to optimizing the structural strength of the boxes/pallet package assembly.  Graphics indicating the wheel position in the box and the loading pattern are prominently featured on each box to ensure proper assembly and stacking.  Also prominently featured on each box containing a forged aluminum wheel produced at Accuride’s Camden, S.C., or Erie, Pa., facility is a full-color American flag to indicate that the wheel inside was proudly made in the U.S.A.

The new square box fits wood pallets currently in use by Accuride.  Some pallets of Accuride aluminum wheels packaged in traditional octagonal boxes may be shipped to customers during a short transitional period. 

For more information about the new packaging for Accuride forged aluminum wheels, customers are encouraged to contact their Accuride representatives.  To determine the Accuride sales representative serving a particular geographic area, please visit http://www.accuridewheelendsolutions.com/sales-distribution/.

About Accuride Corporation

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.AccurideCorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s expectations, hopes, beliefs and intentions on strategies regarding Accuride’s future results. It is important to note that the Company’s actual future results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements because of a number of factors, including but not limited to, market demand in the commercial vehicle industry, general economic, business and financing conditions, labor relations, governmental action, competitor pricing activity, expense volatility and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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Media Relations
Katy Nimnicht
Corporate Communications
Phone: (812) 962-5011
knimnicht@accuridecorp.com

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Chad Monroe
Director of Corporate Development
Phone: (812) 962-5041
investor@accuridecorp.com