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Thursday, December 10 2020 - 09:10
Lightening the Load in Mining: Bruce Rock Engineering Unveils New Super Quad with SSAB's New Wear Steel
PERTH, Australia, Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Made with steel plates custom ordered direct from SSAB's mill, BRE's Hardox(R) 
HiAce Super Quad is anti-corrosive for an extend-service life span

Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE) is pleased to announce the integration of SSAB's 
new wear steel for corrosive environments in the new Hardox(R) HiAce. Transport 
efficiency is crucial in today's mining industry as is the need to ensure 
equipment can withstand highly corrosive environments found in municipal and 
industrial waste management, waste-to-energy plants, and in mining and process 

Servicing this industry is one of BRE's star-products is the 60 m Super Quad 
road train with a payload up to 141 tonnes – four trailers pulled by a powerful 
truck travelling vast distances on dirt roads. Designed for heavy industry and 
the mining sector, a majority of these transports iron ore from the mines in 
the Pilbara region of Western Australia to the nearest port.

Such transportation exposes the trucks' steel to acid corrosion caused by the 
environment. This increases maintenance cost as well as its wear and tear. 
Hardox(R) HiAce steels are able to prolong the service life by up to three 
years at lower pH environments making it cost-effective consequently increasing 
profitability. The estimated AUD 5 
billion( truck 
servicing and repair industry is expected to grow 1.3% annually. Meanwhile, 
another recent study( 
has shown that trucking costs can be reduced by 3.1% in the long run, 
minimising industry cost by AUD 9 billion by 2050, if cost reduction is 
maintained through the supply chain.

To combat this, Hardox(R) HiAce is used on the entire floor plates and the 
trailer sides of BRE's new Super Quad trailers for transporting corrosive 
loads. SSAB's research and wear corrosion tests indicate a conservative 
estimate of a 20 to 30% increase in service life compared to Hardox(R) 450. 
Depending on the transport conditions, an increase of up to 50% is realistic. 
Considering these numbers, BRE recognized the immediate benefit of added years 
and mileage on rough roads before any maintenance is needed, therefore lowering 
total ownership costs of equipment.

Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE) prides itself in manufacturing trailers and other 
custom transport equipment with some of the lowest tare weights in Australia. 
Western Australia is the largest iron ore supplier in the world, accounting for 
39%, roughly 1 billion tonnes, of global supply in 2018.

"We did not hesitate for a minute before introducing Hardox(R) HiAce into a 
Super Quad trailer combination for iron ore transport," says Brenton Verhoogt, 
Operations Manager at Bruce Rock Engineering. "When SSAB develops a new 
product, we know it has been tested thoroughly before being launched. 
Therefore, we are confident it will perform as Hardox(R) 450, with the added 
benefit of being corrosion resistant."

BRE's relationship with SSAB, the manufacturer of Hardox(R) wear plate, dates 
back 15 years. BRE is also a member of SSAB's quality assurance programs, 
Hardox(R) In My Body and My Inner Strenx®, ensuring design, manufacturing 
standards and performance for productivity, safety and resale value across the 

BRE is also aligned with Hardox(R) Wearparts, a worldwide network of companies 
offering wear services and wear parts made of Hardox(R) wear plates. BRE was 
the first company globally and only Australian company to be a member of all 
three SSAB programs.

For more information on Super Quad trailer, contact Bruce Rock Engineering via 
email( or visit the website Bruce Rock 

For more information about Hardox(R) HiAce, please visit Hardox(R) HiAce 

About Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE)

Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE) - founded in 1980 is a family run business located 
in Western Australia, home of the world's largest iron ore mines. With Damion, 
Brenton and Keenan Verhoogt now at the helm, BRE maintains its family values 
and commitment to quality, innovation and reliability.

About SSAB

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value added products 
and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a 
stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in over 50 
countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. SSAB 
is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a secondary listing on Nasdaq Helsinki.