Tough terrain. Brutal cold. Rough roads, sometimes no roads at all. Trucks and trailers made by Siberian company NovosibARZ are equally at home in the forest, on the road or on desolate stretches of unpaved paths in unforgiving climates.
The company was founded as a truck repair workshop in 1968 in Novosibirsk, Siberia, when it was part of the former Soviet Union. In the early 2000s, it switched gears and began to produce timber semi-trailers. Nowadays NovosibARZ is a market-leading producer of timber trucks and semi-trailers for Siberia and the Russian Far East, following market trends to develop new designs for this demanding industry.
NovosibARZ is a certified partner for top truck brands including Man, Scania and Volvo. In January 2017, it replaced the 10HSND steel grade it previously used for timber stakes, timber bunks and frames with Strenx® 700 from SSAB.
“Today, we use high-strength Strenx performance steel for the timber trailer frames and stakes and for producing superstructures for the Man, Volvo and Scania chassis,” says Vadim Ananchenko, CEO of NovosibARZ.
With a yield strength of 700 MPa (101.5 ksi), Strenx® 700 is a high-strength, high-performance steel used when designing and building heavy-duty trucks and trailers. It is part of the family of Strenx® grades having yield strengths from 600 up to 1300 MPa (87–188.5 ksi). It is produced as plate, strip, tubes and sections, in thicknesses from 0.7 mm to 160 mm. The combination of high strength, good formability and weldability as well as high impact toughness allow for minimizing a trailer’s weight while maximizing load capacity. Reducing weight is crucial, since every pound of deadweight taken off can be transferred into increasing the capacity, reducing fuel consumption and carbon footprint.
Ananchenko adds that the main reason for the switch was the significant improvement in strength and durability offered by Strenx® 700 compared with the previous steel the company used. He says that it resulted in an extended product lifetime by up to 25 percent. In addition, Strenx® 700 can be used in thinner dimensions compared with conventional steel, enabling NovosibARZ to make its timber stakes extra-thin and light.
“NovosibARZ trailers operate in some of the harshest conditions on the planet,” says Natalia Ananchenko, CFO of NovosibARZ. “If our products are going to work efficiently and successfully in places where there is often a complete absence of roads, where temperatures may go down to minus 50 degrees Celsius in wintertime, and where you might need to transport timber for more than 300 kilometers one way, it has to be made of most reliable material!”
“This is why we at NovosibARZ decided to use SSAB’s Strenx performance steel for our most demanding applications,” she concludes.