Transport Engineering Otago Awarded 'Hardox In My Body' Accreditation
At a special event in February, Real Steel Southern Sales Manager Dean Aitken and Swedish Steel (SSAB) East Pacific Sales Manager Stewart Sephton awarded Transport Engineering Otago (TEO) the Swedish Steel ‘Hardox In My Body’ accreditation.
Sephton says that the accreditation, which allows TEO to use the ‘Hardox In My Body’ branding on its truck and trailer bodies made from the high-strength steel, “is our quality guarantee. Everyone can buy and benefit from a product branded ‘Hardox In My Body’ but not everyone can make such a product. So becoming a licensed manufacturer is only for the best in the business.”
The accreditation is a quality guarantee for Hardox in truck bodies that implies a lighter, tougher and stronger design, and guarantees that the product is made from genuine Hardox Wear Plate.
Aitken says that “TEO and its customers know the benefits of Swedish Steel and this Hardox in my body accreditation is an acknowledgement of their high level of craftsmanship and doing right by the product.”
He adds, “TEO has a proven track record of innovation with Real Steel, they’ve built over 40 Hardox bodies in the past three years and we all thought they would be a brilliant fit for the programme.”
The benefits of Hardox bodies are clear, Aitken says:
“The stronger steel means we can use thinner plate, reducing tare weights by up to 30% without compromising strength, to directly improve fuel efficiency and increase payload. Our one-piece coaming rail and side design employs fewer welds which simplifies fabrication and reduces maintenance. Hardox is more resistant to abrasion and deformation so the body will have a much longer service life while remaining in great shape. And because the floor doesn’t get dented with impacts from loading and wear you don’t have to raise the hoist as high to tip off a load which improves safety and productivity.”