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Customer cases German manufacturer upgrades to steel from SSAB for better containers
German manufacturer upgrades to steel from SSAB for better containers

German manufacturer upgrades to steel from SSAB for better containers

Container manufacturer Ellermann wanted to add load capacity to its containers without increasing their size. Thanks to SSAB’s high strength steel, their vision became reality.

The challenge

The German company previously used aluminum to make its containers, but needed a material that was stronger and lighter.

The solution

Ellermann now uses Hardox® wear steel from SSAB for the floor and sidewalls of its containers. This increases the load space from 40 cubic meters to 42. And as an added bonus, the containers are now substantially lighter, which delivers weight benefits.

“Thanks to the new design we can take an extra 1.5 tonnes of weight per container and 3 tonnes on a 20-tonne load. That represents a 15 percent increase in load capacity,” says Tobias Ellermann, president of Ellermann GmbH.

Customer benefits

  • 15% increase in load capacity without increasing container size
  • Stronger yet lighter material eliminated need for stabilizing support beams