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Special vehicles – for the toughest conditions

Special vehicles operating on modern construction projects have to meet extremely high requirements. Contemporary architecture requires complex ground preparation, a challenge that impacts directly on the design of the equipment.

Highly specialized vehicles are used in many sectors – including in agriculture, forestry, and surface and underground mining. They need to be robust and reliable. Reduced weight brings additional advantages in terms of reduced fuel and energy costs.

To meet these requirements thyssenkrupp with its Materials Services, Steel Europe, and Components Technology business areas places special emphasis on consistent high quality. We ensure this through rigorous material tests and continuous process control.

Our customers appreciate these high quality standards. Low fuel consumption, reduced maintenance requirements, and longer life – these are goals we pursue constantly. We provide customers with materials that offer low weight while guaranteeing maximum strength and longevity.

Caterpillar bulldozer in operation
In addition to the production of individual undercarriage components, we offer our customers completely assembled, ready-to-install undercarriage systems for all tracked construction machinery.

Take for example the special structural steel XAR®. Thanks to its high hardness this material offers extreme wear resistance and up to five times longer life than conventional structural steel. XAR® lends itself perfectly to welding and cutting. It is used among other things in heavy-duty construction equipment and wherever heavy earthmoving work is performed. N-A-XTRA®, XABO® and PERFORM® are high-strength steels with an optimum combination of strength and toughness. They are used in modern lightweight structures requiring low weight and maximum strength – for example in truck and crane construction.

thyssenkrupp is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of undercarriage components for tracked vehicles. They are used in construction, forestry, agriculture, and surface and underground mining. We design and produce parts and complete undercarriage systems and supply them direct to manufacturers’ assembly lines. As well as products from our standard range we also offer special designs tailored to specific customer requirements.

In addition to our broad product portfolio we can also provide customers with the benefit of our experience and engineering expertise in the design and development of new vehicles. A wide range of services rounds out the thyssenkrupp capability spectrum.