Situated in the town of Teufenbach, Austria, with its rolling hills and green valleys to the north of the Alps, Gsodam Fahrzeugbau was founded by Georg Gsodam in 1918. Nowadays, the company, which started out as a farrier for shoeing horses and other animals, manufactures trailers and vehicles for timber transports. It began using Strenx® 700MC E steel from SSAB eight years ago.
“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,” says Elisabeth Gsodam, Georg Gsodam’s granddaughter and the current owner of the business.
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 timber transports.
“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.”
Steel from SSAB
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® for the subframes of timber vehicles.
“We use Strenx 700MC E, so the products are really light and durable – ready for a long service life,” Pirker says.