Wear-resistant steels
SSAB wear-resistant steel


Whether you need steel to fight abrasion, impact or sliding wear, SSAB offers an impressive range of grades, thicknesses and widths of wear-resistant steels, each with their own unique characteristics. Whatever you choose, you can be sure it will improve the wear performance of your equipment, cut lead times in your workshop, prolong service life, and increase productivity.

What makes wear plate resistant to abrasion and wear?

Wear-resistant steel plate, also called abrasion-resistant or AR plate, is made from steel billets and comes in many grades. Alloys like carbon, manganese, nickel, chrome and boron are added in different proportions. The grades therefore have different mechanical and chemical properties that will produce different results in an end product.

Carbon plays a key role in making the wear plate steel abrasion- and wear-resistant because it increases the steel’s hardness and toughness. But too much carbon alloy will reduce the steel’s tensile strength, making it brittle and susceptible to cracking.

That’s why good steelmaking processes are vital. You need just the right “recipe” with a balance of alloying, heat treatment and chemistry to achieve the properties you want. At SSAB, we believe we have perfected our recipe for producing steels with maximum toughness yet with a low enough carbon content to maximize plate weldability and maintain hardenability as the plate thickness increases.

Wear resistant steel
Hardox steel loader
SSAB Boron steel
Wear resistant steel

Which wear fighter is right for you?

Wear-resistant steel is tougher and harder than conventional steel plate and can last up to 4 times longer than conventional high-strength steel.

SSAB’s popular grades of Hardox® AR steel include AR400, AR450, AR500, AR550 and AR600. The numbers refer to their hardness level as measured on the Brinell hardness scale.

But which grade and steel type are right for you and your project? SSAB’s experts will help you find the perfect match for your application and the right balance between hardness, strength and formability.

In addition to strong and tough Hardox® wear plate, our family of wear-fighting steels includes:

  • Duroxite® overlay. Add weeks, months or even years of trouble-free operations to your equipment. Delivered as plate, pipe, pin or wire. Simply weld it or bolt it on – no need for any special equipment – or fabricate it further in the workshop.
  • SSAB boron steel. Enhances steel hardenability. You can reduce or eliminate tempering, use your current quenching process and expect highly predictable results, every time. You can quench in oil, water-polymer solutions or plain water.
  • Tubes and round bars. Get rolling with versatile, ready-to-use AR steels with the same guaranteed properties as our wear plate.