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HiAce Steel supports local waste management sector

GLOBAL steel manufacturer and supplier, SSAB, is helping Australian businesses withstand wear challenges in severe conditions with the Hardox HiAce range. Engineered for applications in acidic and corrosive environments, Hardox HiAce abrasion-resistant steel is an structural material for garbage trucks, recycling containers, tipper/dump bodies, and other heavy-duty equipment.

A  2019 report found that Australia produced 7.5 million tonnes of hazardous waste in a two-year period, which was a 34 per cent uptick on the previous generation and represented 11 per cent of all waste generated nationwide. This number is only rising:

• 290,000 tonnes of e-waste material have been diverted to landfills to date; and

• an additional 100,000 tonnes of solar panel waste are forecast to enter the waste stream by 2035.

In these environments, the steel in truck and tipper bodies, and other equipment can come under attack from different types of acids. This acidity oxidises the steel’s surface, making it more prone to wear. Therefore, Australian businesses require tougher equipment to protect profitability, equipment condition, service life, and the environment.

“Australia’s harsh climate and growing volumes of hazardous waste have created the perfect storm for corrosive wear. Hardox HiAce is a true wear fighter for organisations looking to protect their equipment, especially in the acidic or corrosive environments that threaten waste management,” said Matthew Spiteri, country manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Hardox HiAce’s corrosion-resistant steel plate slows down the oxidation process, allowing the full hardness of the material to counteract wear. It performs the same as 450 HBW steel in pH-neutral environments. In low pH levels, it can extend equipment service life up to three times longer compared to 400 HBW steel.

Its increased wear resistance also allows for the use of thinner plates without jeopardising service life – translating to more payload when fully loaded and, when traveling empty, more fuel savings and fewer CO2 emissions. This steel has been embraced by businesses across the country. One example is Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE), which implemented it into its new Super Quad mining trailer combination for iron ore transport.

BRE used Hardox HiAce in the Super Quad’s floor plate and the trailer sides, which has effectively extended the life of trailer bodies – even in tough climates like Western Australia’s Pilbara Region. Hardox HiAce has also lightened the load – the 60m Super Quad road trains have a payload up to 141t in order to maximise capacity.

“We never hesitated for a minute before introducing Hardox HiAce into a Super Quad mining trailer combination for iron ore transport. Changing from Hardox 450 to Hardox HiAce hasn’t caused any challenges in the workshop. All that has changed is the higher resistance towards corrosive material,” said Brenton Verhoogt, operations manager at BRE.