SSAB, a producer of leading special steel brand Hardox® wear plate, confirmed its commitment to safety and responsibility at the Global Road & Traffic Safety Forum held in Abu Dhabi in late September. Road safety is an important topic, and SSAB has been working with municipalities throughout the UAE as well as many government and private institutions through superstructure bodybuilders for two decades.
“We are impressed by the attendance and response to the Global Road & Traffic Safety Forum from the transportation and construction industries,” says SSAB Marketing Manager Murat Kozan. “We were proud to be an event sponsor as the platform reflects our core values of quality, safety and responsibility. The forum supports UAE Vision 2021 to make the country a world leader in road quality and infrastructure, and SSAB is ideally positioned to pair this objective with its leading special steel brand, Hardox® wear plate.”
How Hardox® steel supports high road quality and best-in-class infrastructure
Ozgur Yalcin, Area Sales Manager, Middle East, at SSAB says, “Hardox® wear plate is the world’s leading abrasion-resistant steel and a perfect choice for tippers. The unique toughness of Hardox® wear plate means less deformation and fewer cracks. An improved tipper body design is made possible with Hardox® wear plate and SSAB’s unique design and development support. An optimized design utilizing thinner dimensions can drastically reduce tipper body weight by 45% with Hardox®. Lower weight means better maneuverability and ergonomics for drivers for the best performance and safety and less damage to roads.”
“Weight savings achieved with an optimized tipper body design translates to higher overall payloads,” continues Yalcin. “Increased hardness also means better resistance to scratches, scraps from the slide, roll and impact of abrasive materials. An additional advantage is improved fuel economy. The lighter the tipper body, the lower the fuel consumption and fewer trips for the same amount of work.”
Trucks, tippers, trailers, mixers, concrete pumps and other equipment used extensively for construction must handle various types of abrasive material and loads. They should be designed for robustness and durability to withstand their tough working conditions with minimum manufacturing and operating costs. It is counterproductive to use thick, heavy and poor-performance steel with stiffeners as these make the vehicle weak and inefficient due to high mass and poor steel properties. SSAB’s high-strength steel brand Hardox® is available as wear plates, tubes, and round bars.
Strict quality control and high performance you can rely on
SSAB’s brand program, called Hardox® In My Body, represents quality certification for applications that use Hardox® wear plate. Murat Kozan explains, “Having the Hardox® In My Body logo on a product verifies that it’s a first-class product that delivers unsurpassed wear resistance. Applications with this sign attached have passed our strict quality control and are approved as premium.”
Hardox® wear plate is the renowned, world’s leading, hard and tough steel for aggressive environments. There is only one Hardox® and SSAB is the only producer of the brand in the world. Hardox® wear plate’s performance is the outcome of a state-of-the-art metallurgical cleaning process and a unique hardening process, resulting in wear plates with outstanding hardness, toughness, and workshop friendliness. Hardox® is tough through and through from the surface deep down to its core, with no weak link in the chain. Its hardness ranges from 250HBW to 700HBW, thickness from 0.7mm to 160mm and width up to 3.35m.
SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value-added products and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in over 50 countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finland, and the US. SSAB is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm and has a secondary listing on the Nasdaq OMX in Helsinki. www.ssab.com.