Customer case

Excavator attachments that aim to be a cut above the rest

October 01, 2021 6 min read

An enormous yellow excavator bucket made in Hardox® 450 steel.

Case details

Product Hardox® 450
Country Italy
Company Lameter srl
Industry Raw material handling
Brand program Hardox® In My Body

Digging for higher productivity? So is excavator attachment manufacturer Lameter. Find out why they think Hardox® wear plate is a cut above the rest in demanding marble quarries and mining sites.

Since the times of Ancient Rome more than 2,000 years ago, people have been working the marble quarries of Carrara, Italy, to excavate one the most highly prized types of marble in the world. When Michelangelo got his hands on it, he created his iconic statue of David. Today Lameter continues this long tradition, providing attachments for equipment used in Carrara and other quarry and mining sites around the globe.

The company has an intimate connection to the area and the industry – and to Hardox® wear plate. Headquartered in Genoa, Italy, about an hour from Carrara, Lameter was one of the first manufacturers anywhere to make earthmoving machinery for marble quarries. And it has been faithfully using Hardox® steel since the end of the 1980s, when the steel was imported to Italy for the very first time.

A huge excavator bucket made in strong and hard Hardox® 450 steel

Custom-tailored wheel loader and excavator attachments for a perfect fit

The elegant and enduring marble from this region is used in a wide variety of products, as are the custom attachments from Lameter. They manufacture excavator attachments, buckets and ripper teeth, along with wheel loader attachments like forklifts, quick couplers and bulldozer blades, as well as special equipment for waste handling.

Each piece is tailored to the precise requirements of the customer. “It’s like a perfectly cut Armani suit,” says Giulio Riccardi, who owns the family-run company together with his brother Giovanni. “We don’t produce series. We tailor each attachment to specific customer requirements and end uses.”

Lameter supplies its long-wearing, high-quality products to some of the biggest names in the industry. They are an official supplier to Volvo and also count Hitachi, Komatsu Europe and some Caterpillar dealers among their customers.

The Hardox® In My Body sign of quality on a front shovel bucket produced by Lameter.

Digging for productivity in a tough environment

Maximum equipment uptime is vital in the mining and quarrying industries. Vast volumes of materials are handled around the clock by machines with a huge load capacity, often in remote and harsh locations.

Earthmoving and excavation equipment and attachments must be robust enough to withstand this environment. And they need to operate for long, uninterrupted periods without a break – all while remaining as fuel-efficient as possible.

Hard and tough Hardox® wear plate in the company’s products means less wear and less weight. According to Riccardi, the steel’s high wear and abrasion resistance helps to increase service life as well as to ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of the equipment.

“You’ll finish all of your jobs before the attachment even needs to be replaced!”

Riccardi says.

The Hardox® In My Body sign of quality on a Lameter excavator bucket

The Hardox® In My Body program – A sign of next-level quality

Lameter is no stranger to quality certifications. The company holds ISO certification for quality management, environmental management, and occupational health and safety. And since it became a member of the Hardox® In My Body program in 2002, many of its products are certified Hardox® In My Body attachments.

This certified member program, unique in the industry, is strictly limited to companies with a proven track record of excellence in the fabrication and use of steel from SSAB.

With support from SSAB and the program, Lameter has grown from its roots in Italy to become a key global supplier to quarries and mines worldwide – from Scandinavia to Siberia, Australia to Africa and Alaska to Chile.

Find out how certified Hardox® In My Body excavator buckets and attachments can bring rock-solid benefits to end users and to your business.

Where there’s wear, there’s Hardox®

The Hardox® In My Body sign on equipment means that it is made in Hardox® wear steel and certified to the highest quality

Confirmation of a good choice

A sign of quality and trust for the best products in the market.

A scrap yard, with demolition and recycling attachments made in Hardox® wear plate

Hardox® wear plate

The most popular abrasion-resistant steel with also perform as a structural steel.

A digger loading into a truck body made in strong and tough Hardox® 450 steel

Optimize your mining with a certified bucket

Move more per hour with a lighter and more durable bucket from a Hardox® In My Body member.

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