SSAB: Leading developer and manufacturer of wear, structural, protection and tool steels

Hardox Truck
SSAB is a global steel supplier and service partner in Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T) and Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS). The company has a global responsibility for the marketing and sales of high-strength steels, including all of its Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T) and hot-rolled Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) with yield strengths from 700 MPa and above. This steel can be further divided into structural high-strength steel, wear-resistant steel, protection steel and tool steel. SSAB’s high-strength steel enable customers to build lighter, stronger and more durable products.

It undertakes steel production in Oxelösund (Sweden) with an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, as well as for the sales of its products made in Mobile, Alabama (USA), Raahe (Finland) and Borlänge (Sweden).

SSAB’s broad service offering include local stocks, technical customer support, engineering and processing services.

Application areas of special high-strength structural steel
  • Mobile cranes (booms, chassis, and support legs)
  • Truck-mounted cranes
  • Aerial work platforms
  • Chassis for trailers and trucks
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Offshore (selected components such as jack-up rigs)
Application areas of wear-resistant steel
  • Dumber bodies for both off-road and on-road use
  • Buckets
  • Containers
  • Stationary mining equipment such as crushers
  • Recycling equipment
  • Wear parts for all kinds of machinery that manages material flows of some kind
Products
  • Hardox is the leading brand of wear steels that are a combination of hardness and toughness, which in turn enables lighter, more durable structures for increased payload and longer service life
  • Strenx is SSAB’s high-strength structural steel brand. Yield strengths range from 600 MPa to 1300 MPa. Its high strength combined with good impact strength and forming properties enables strong, lighter structures for increased payloads.
General market condition and demand

SSAB has operated in tough market environments as many industries such as the mining and construction machinery have been stagnant or in decline. Heavy transportation has been one of the best developing segments over the past year.

Customer demand for lighter and more sustainable products is driving increased use of high-strength steel. SSAB steels offer the possibility to build lighter products with a longer lifecycle in a way that reduces component wear and lowers fuel consumption, increases lifting performance, and enables higher payloads. Market share of high-strength steel is increasing in all markets, although, the penetration rate in emerging markets is considerably lower than in mature markets.

SSAB’s Strengths
  • World’s widest product portfolio
  • Close collaboration and joint projects with customers result in more fast-paced development and increased competitiveness
  • Well-known and highly-respected product brands
  • Long-standing customer relations
  • Competitive lead-times and service on a global scale
  • Steel service centers and own stocks in about 160 locations in 50 countries
  • Combination of expertise in developing steels, design and know-how on application areas.

NBM&CW December 2017

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