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Carrying the load

SAMAG Truck Components creates strong and lightweight truck chassis with Amstrong®

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ArcelorMittal’s Amstrong® range of advanced high strength steels enable manufacturers to reduce the structural thickness and weight of their applications while improving load-bearing capacity. One company making full use of these properties is SAMAG, a producer of truck body solutions for major OEMs. SAMAG has been able to make maximum use of Amstrong® thanks to the advice provided by ArcelorMittal’s customer support teams. The effective combination of ArcelorMittal’s state-of-the-art steels and excellent technical support have enabled SAMAG to optimise its sourcing processes and secure market advantage.

Markus Schempp,
General Manager of SAMAG Truck Components

SAMAG Truck Components can produce almost every component of a truck chassis, whether it is for a light commercial or heavy vehicle.

SAMAG Truck Components can produce almost every component of a truck chassis

“We realise all of the production steps in-house,” explains Markus Schempp, general manager of SAMAG Truck Components. “Our core processes include laser cutting, bending, welding, and powder coating.”

All core processes are carried out in-house

SAMAG were first introduced to Amstrong® at the 2018 EuroBLECH trade fair for sheet metal-working technology. “We discovered that the Amstrong® range could fully cover our needs thanks to the various grades available and their dimensional feasibility,” says Markus Schempp. “Today, around 95 percent of the steel we use comes from the Amstrong® range.

Amstrong® steels from ArcelorMittal account for up to 95 percent of the steel used by SAMAG in its products

A steel supplier who breathes with us

For SAMAG, the benefits of working with a single steel supplier mean that ordering and manufacturing are simplified. “By working with ArcelorMittal for all our steel needs, we have optimised our sourcing and procurement processes,” notes Markus Schempp. “But it also means our operators can trust in the homogeneity of the material. With one machine set-up, they can apply the same process to the material from every batch.”

Another advantage of working with ArcelorMittal is our flexibility says Markus Schempp: “We are exposed to significant variations in demand from our customers. That means our steel supplier needs to ‘breathe’ with us and adapt to short-term changes in our forecasts and call-offs. This is possible thanks to the security stocks ArcelorMittal holds for us.”

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