PRESS RELEASE: By utilising SSAB’s product development services to execute the development of the new 20.3m3 Mining Tipper, Scania is now able to launch a lightweight, yet durable mining tipper body developed for the Indian market. With a lower weight, the tipper body promises increased payloads and reduced fuel consumption.
Scania is promoting this new body on its Scania P440 8x4 Mining Tipper.
The joint development project, which included, concept research, design, prototyping and testing by SSAB Shape, resulted in a tipper body with better performance than anything on the Indian market, the company claimed.
Hans Kell, SSAB Shape business manager India & Indonesia, explained: “For this comprehensive product development project, we were able to deliver a tipper body that was 20% lighter than existing solutions in India, which gives approximately 1.3t in extra payload.
“SSAB has developed its offer of product development services in order to support OEMs with the product development process, creating new innovative products that take full advantage of the advanced steel properties and speeding up the time to market.”
Scania is interested in growing its operations in India and approached SSAB Shape, which has a local organisation in India, in order to utilise its expertise in wear-resistant steels as well as design pre-processing and logistics services.
“At SSAB, we always work to support our customers in creating the best possible end product, by taking full advantage of our steel’s unique characteristics,” said Kell. “After research and trials, we recommended that the wear resistant steel Hardox 450 wear plate be fully utilised in the new tipper body to increase its performance. Furthermore, we have enabled an efficient production solution for Scania with help of a local production partner.”
Hanna Johansson, director business support for Scania India, commented: “The positive and welcoming response from our customers during the U-body launch event on July 11 in Hydrabad is the ultimate feedback of the close cooperation between Scania and SSAB throughout the entire project. The body is developed and tested to a level where we are fully convinced of its outstanding performance, and we are pleased to notice that the customer sees it as well.”
The tipper body was manufactured by one of India’s largest truck trailer manufacturers, an SSAB partner and the first truck body producer in India to join the Hardox In My Body network of producers.