The future demands better-quality steel
Arnel’s younger sister Amina Siskovic works as office manager at the family company while studying mechanical engineering at a university. She sees lighter material as the future of the industry. “After my exam I'll come back here and help improve new products,” she says. “As the industry moves into a new phase of electric trucks and autonomous vehicles, we need to develop trucks that are lighter, safer and more efficient. To do that, we need to use better-quality materials, which is why we use Hardox steel.”
SSAB suggested that AA Diesel Truck Bodies should become a Hardox® In My Body customer program member. “We were buying a lot of steel,” Arnel Siskovic says. “I didn’t know too much about this membership. But I said, if it’s a sign of quality, then it surely can help my business.”
And indeed it has. “Truck drivers know now when they see the sticker that it’s a quality body, that it’s an endorsed body builder,” Arnel Siskovic says. “They know that they’re getting the best.”
What is the impact of being a Hardox® In My Body member on secondhand value?
“There is a higher value in secondhand truck bodies with Hardox wear plate,” Arnel Siskovic says. “AA Diesel Truck Bodies has got trucks that have had Hardox steel bodies for five or six years. The paint might have a few scratches here and there, but the structural part is intact. It’s still very straight, with no dents, no damage, and the floor is still very flat, ready to continue carrying big loads.
“We’re very proud to be a Hardox In My Body member,” he says. “It’s helped us grow our business. I like the peace of mind it gives my customers, and using the Hardox product also gives me peace of mind that I’m selling the best that I can sell. It’s set us apart from the competition because it’s a sign of quality.”