Customer story

Gsodam reduced timber trailer weight by 20% with Strenx® steel

Since switching to SSAB’s Strenx® 700MC E steel, Gsodam, an Austrian manufacturer of vehicles for timber transports, has reduced trailer weight by up to 20 percent. The result of building light and durable is timber trailers with increased load capacity.

“For us, the top priority is satisfied customers, and that means maintaining high quality. To succeed in this, we need good employees and safe, reliable partners – like SSAB.”

Elisabeth Gsodam, current owner of the Gsodam business

Building light is key

The company came across Strenx® 700MC E 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 E 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.

Quick deliveries

Before it goes into production, SSAB’s Strenx® 700MC E steel is first delivered to Gsodam Fahrzeugbau’s partner Filli in Klagenfurt. They use 3D plans to cut the pieces, before delivering them to Knittelfeld and Teufenbach, where they are processed.

“We’re fast and flexible and ready to receive quick delivery of our cut parts once construction is complete. Furthermore, SSAB is always on hand to advise and take action if needed,” explains Pirker.

Since partnering with SSAB and Strenx® 700MC E steel, Gsodam Fahrzeugbau has noticed that the cutting is straighter and more precise than with other steel manufacturers. This, in turn, allows them to avoid the need for bending work.

Reduced weight, increased load capacity

“By switching to Strenx 700MC E, 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 E 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.”

Member of the My Inner Strenx® program

Gsodam Fahrzeugbau has been a member of the My Inner Strenx® customer program since February 2020.

“The certification is a great award and challenge for us – we’re very proud of it,” says Pirker, adding: “Not everyone is suitable for this partnership, but SSAB evaluated us in various ways to see if we were. We sent them drawings and constructions, which they tested and decided we were a fit – which also makes us very proud.”

Last but not least, as a result of the My Inner Strenx® membership, the company’s geographic reach and catchment area has also expanded.

“Gsodam is now known far and wide!” exclaims Pirker. “Through My Inner Strenx, many customers in Europe have taken notice of us because everyone knows that being certified by My Inner Strenx means you deliver perfect quality.”

About Gsodam Fahrzeugbau

  • Austrian manufacturer of vehicles and trailers for timber transport based in Teufenbach, Austria
  • A family-run company with approximately 60-70 employees, founded in 1918 by Elisabeth Gsodam’s grandfather
  • Gsodam Fahrzeugbau’s timber trailers are made using Strenx® 700 MC E steel
  • Member of the My Inner Strenx® customer program since 2020


Contact us

No matter where you are located, we have local support that can answer your questions.

Sign up for our newsletters

Sign up for our newsletters and manage your subscriptions

Take advantage of the benefits now


Strenx® performance steel can make your products stronger, lighter, safer, more competitive and more sustainable.

My Inner Strenx®

My Inner Strenx® is a program for manufacturers who possess the drive to make the best possible products using Strenx® performance steel.

Related articles

Oct 31
Customer story

Nordec makes and installs structures of SSAB Domex® steel for Finland’s biggest ever bridge

The new Kruunuvuori Bridge currently under construction in Helsinki is set to transform the city and become a new landmark in the Finnish capital. Underpinning it all will be over 3,000 tonnes of SSAB Domex® steel.

Jan 31
Customer story

GF Engineering’s tippers lasts up to 20 percent longer with Hardox® 500 Tuf steel

With more than 40 years’ experience in tipper manufacturing, GF Engineering is a market leader in the segment in Malaysia. Since making Hardox® 500 Tuf steel its material of choice, its tippers last longer, weigh less and can handle heavier loads than ever before.

Nov 30
Customer story

M. Torre extends lifespan of tipper bodies by up to 30% with Hardox® 500 Tuf steel

Since switching from SSAB’s Hardox® 450 steel to Hardox® 500 Tuf, M. Torre, a Spanish manufacturer of tipper bodies for the recycling industry, has extended the lifespan of its products without having to alter its processes. The result is a tipper body that is not only between 25 and 30% more durable, but also lighter and more sustainable.