At the factory in Ipswich, England there is something going on in every corner. One person, it seems, is always present everywhere. David Kocurek, founder and owner director of Kocurek Excavators is a problem solver, and he moves around the factory with ease. He is used to it after over three decades and having built the factory himself together with his family.
“We never received a faulty steel plate from SSAB,” he explained.
Kocurek has been using SSAB’s steel in their products for decades and finds that the material has several benefits. One of them is that it is so easy to work.
“The key benefit for our company is that we can achieve the high technical results required from the product while welding under normal conditions. I think that is the most important thing for me,” said David Kocurek.
One other benefit has been that SSAB’s plate products are delivered blasted and primed, without any scale or rust on them.
“With the primer we have been able to weld straight on to the plates without any prior cleaning. That is an added benefit with SSAB’s plates. It has saved us a lot of time over the years.”
The demolition excavators’ arms have a length of up to 70 meters. They need to be able to withstand extreme forces when they literarily tear buildings down, piece by piece. The use of SSAB’s Strenx® performance steel supports the strength and helps saving weight.
“We are always pushing the limits of what we are achieving with the excavators. We need to make the arms as high as possible, as our customers constantly want to go higher. That is why it is so important that the steel has good fatigue resistance. So, we try to save weight by using a thinner material. Naturally we need to maintain strength, so we select SSAB’s Strenx 700 steel to maintain the strength while reducing the thickness of the plate,” said David Kocurek.