Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
TSW Alloy Wheels announced TÜV approval for several of its aftermarket wheels. The wheels are now approved for sale in Germany and several other European markets. To obtain approval, TSW’s manufacturing, production and quality management systems were audited by TÜV to ensure that they were in line with international standards. Several of their wheels had to endure stringent geometric standard tests to secure this sought after approval.
“We are excited about obtaining TÜV approval for our wheels. This approval opens up new markets for TSW Wheels, especially the important German market”, says Terence Scheckter, President of TSW Alloy Wheels.
Representatives of TÜV Austria visited TSW’s headquarters in Huntington Beach early in 2012 to conduct a detailed audit of TSW’s manufacturing, production, quality management and distribution processes. TSW worked closely with TÜV over the next year to ensure that their processes aligned properly with the applicable international standards. TSW Wheels also underwent some stringent tests at the TÜV testing facility in Austria to ensure that they passed the strict impact, fatigue, structural and geometric tests set by several international bodies governing the manufacture of custom wheels. Thereafter, TSW was granted a parts approval by TÜV.
TÜV is a European auditing and certification body that ensures wheels manufactured for sale in Germany, Switzerland and Austria meet international (ECE Regulations), EC (European Community) directives, and German Motor Traffic Agency (KBA) road traffic legislation. These guidelines serve to establish a standardized assessment and production procedure for custom wheels.
More about TÜV certification: The TÜV auditing and approval process is thorough and intensive. It covers 1) manufacture certification and 2) wheel testing certifications. Manufacture certification is the certification of the wheel manufacturer’s quality management system. This process has been designed to ensure consistent quality of manufacture and this is how TÜV ensures that all wheels manufactured at the approved facility meet certain manufacturing and production standards. That is, for a custom wheel to be certified, the manufacturer has to be TÜV certified as well. To obtain wheel testing certification, the wheels have to go through several stringent tests regarding impact requirements and structural fatigue requirements for specific vehicles. These tests also ensure that the wheels conform to certain geometric standards. Specifically, these tests include a bending fatigue test – this is where the side forces acting on the wheel during cornering are simulated, an impact test – this is where the fracture behavior of the wheel when running over an obstacle at the outer rim flange is checked at critical positions and a rolling test – this is where the stress on the wheel when it rolls over an obstacle is checked at the critical points of both the inner and outer rim flange.
About TSW Alloy Wheels: custom wheels are born of a rich racing heritage. Founded by a former Formula One racing driver, TSW has been involved in motor racing around the globe for over thirty years. TSW’s involvement has ranged from the grueling 24-hour Le Mans to Touring Cars to Spec Miata. Many of the wheels are based on racing technology and in keeping with this rich racing heritage, many TSW aftermarket wheels are named after past and present Formula One tracks.
Today, TSW has the world’s largest number of staggered wheel applications. Several sizes carry as many as three different widths for the perfect fitment. Staggered wheels are available in sizes from 17" to 22" staggered wheel applications. Staggered applications mean a wider wheel on the rear of the car, and consequently, a wider tire and larger lip on the back of the car. Wheel lips are as large as 5". Many of the wheels are available in hyper black and hyper silver paint finishes with machine cut lips (often referred to as diamond cut or mirror cut). Although chrome is becoming more popular with TSW enthusiasts, hyper black wheels and hyper silver wheels dominate the current TSW wheel lineup. TSW wheels are sold with hub centric to rings to ensure a vibration-free ride. TSW wheels are manufactured to extremely high standards that often significantly exceed the industry norm, resulting in a smoother, better handling ride.
TSW alloy wheels and rims are sold in North and South America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. TSW also sells a range of Marquee-exclusive wheel brands.
For a dealer near you, call 1888-766-7775 or visit TSW Wheels on the web at tsw.com. TSW dealers are located throughout North America and worldwide, including Discount Tire Direct on the web at discounttiredirect.com/.