Pastre makes lighter and more energy-efficient trailers with Strenx® performance steel
The container semi-trailers produced by Brazilian road equipment manufacturer Pastre are 600 kg lighter and reduce fuel consumption by more than 80 litres of diesel per 10,000 kilometres each month. These savings have also paved the way for reducing harmful CO2 emissions.
Truck driver strikes in Brazil and the resulting rise in fuel prices put pressure on transportation companies to seek innovative solutions for becoming more cost-effective, without passing on the freight costs to customers. Brazilian road equipment manufacturer Pastre found one such solution in Strenx® performance steel from SSAB. After the company started producing container semi-trailers with Strenx® steel, it has gained some impressive benefits: equipment that is 600 kg lighter, monthly fuel savings of 84 litres of diesel for every 10 trips (an average of 1,000 kilometers per trip), and lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Lauro Pastre Jr., director of Pastre, explains that the high-performance steel is rarely used to manufacture this type of road equipment. But, he says, the fuel consumption factor has led to transportation companies looking for lighter equipment.
“Transportation companies that are concerned about fuel consumption, pay attention to detail in the transportation business, and are looking for more cost-effective operations know that if you have a product that is lighter it will use less fuel when it is loaded – and also when it’s empty,” Pastre says.
The road to better fuel economy, cost savings and environmental performancePastre used Strenx® 700 to manufacture the container trailer and was able to reduce its weight by 600 kg. This represents a reduction of 10% in the total weight of the trailer.
“This can mean either an increase in transported goods or 600 kilos less for the entire journey, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. In terms of a transportation company’s budget, this will become evident at the time of refuelling. The biggest immediate effect will be less fuel used,” Pastre says.
“600 kilos less, in terms of the competition, is a very significant reduction”, says Nadir Ângelo Bertol, founder and director of 4N Transportes, one of the companies that has purchased Pastre’s container semi-trailer. “By saving more than 80 litres of fuel per 10,000 kilometers each month, we save 60 euros per month, which is a little over 700 euros per year. The reduction in weight is reflected in our use of tarpaulins and brake pads; it all makes a difference, as well as making the freight more cost-effective,” he says.
Immediate impact to the bottom linePastre’s director says that those who invest in high-performance steel see rapid returns on their investment. “The reduced diesel consumption is something that can be perceived immediately in the transportation company’s budget, and from that point onwards they only see advantages. Other benefits include reduced maintenance costs and lower CO2 emissions”, he concludes.
Guidance and collaboration pave a profitable pathPastre already uses high-performance steel in its other equipment, and has worked together with SSAB for several years. The company is also a member of the My Inner Strenx® program.
“Right from the start of our partnership in 2004, SSAB has provided us with guidance on what we can and can’t do. They have helped us with welding, cutting and forming the steel,” says Pastre. “Without the support of this package of technical steelworking services, we would not have been successful. Now we have the know-how – this is what SSAB has given us. No other companies provide these services, which are a key competitive differentiator for us in addition to the high-quality materials,” he concludes.