After the horses and livestock came the tractors, trucks and trailers. Elisabeth Gsodam’s father built the facility in Teufenbach in 1975 and she and her business partner took over in 2004. Elisabeth is the third-generation Gsodam to lead the family business and, lately, members of the fourth generation are also getting involved.
Elisabeth Gsodam and her partner have modernized and expanded the business. In 2009, they acquired the company’s second location in nearby Knittelfeld.
For the last three decades, Gsodam Fahrzeugbau has been producing vehicles, superstructures, and trailers for hauling timber.
“We’re very innovative,” emphasizes Gerrit Pirker, Gsodam Fahrzeugbau’s co-owner & Managing Director. “We make vehicles – trailers for tandem, two-axle, three-axle, telescopic, with cranes, without cranes – whatever the customers need to carry out their assignments.”
Strenx® steel can make subframes and timber vehicles last longer and be more durable
Pirker explains that Gsodam Fahrzeugbau only uses branded products for all its components – from the brakes to the lighting and, of course, the steel.
These days, all Gsodam Fahrzeugbau trailers are made from Strenx® 700 steel. Going forward, the plan is also to use Strenx® performance steel for the subframes of timber vehicles.
“We use Strenx® 700MC, so the products are really light and durable – ready for a long service life,” Pirker says.
Building light is key
The company came across Strenx® 700MC after having worked with SSAB and its Hardox® wear plate product for some time. Pirker says he and his colleagues started looking for new ways to reduce the weight of the trailers about eight years ago.
“Building light is a major challenge in our business,” he explains. “This is especially true in our market here in Tyrol, where the vehicles have to drive through checkpoints on a daily basis. That’s why we started looking at Strenx® 700MC to make our vehicles even lighter.”
Pirker describes SSAB as a “good and important partner” that has been involved in supporting the design of Gsodam Fahrzeugbau vehicles – through construction and production – to ensure a “tip-top” end product.
Reduced weight, increased load capacity
“By switching to Strenx® 700MC we’ve been able to reduce the weight of our trailers by around 10-20 percent, thus increasing the load capacity by between 100 and 400 kg,” admits Pirker.
“Strenx® 700MC behaves very well during welding and cutting, with hardly any deformations,” he continues. “And as it arrives tailored from our partner, we’re able to process it directly, saving time and money.”