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SSAB to showcase two new steel products at premier Australian mining industry convention

MELBOURNE, Australia
Hardox 500 Tuf

The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) is set to return on January 31, 2022, with mining equipment manufacturer SSAB Australia among the companies that will headline the expo.

SSAB Australia’s participation in IMARC highlights the importance of the upcoming event in view of the current economic situation in Australia, as mining remains an essential service to the country. IMARC is the mining industry’s premier networking event, expected to host over 260 exhibitors with over 800 mining companies participating. Both local and international attendees from more than 130 countries are also expected to attend both in-person and online.

Hardox® 500 Tuf and Hardox® HiAce

For its part, SSAB Australia is set to feature two of its main product lines, the Hardox® 500 Tuf and the Hardox® HiAce. Specializing in reinforced steel products for the harshest conditions such as mining and construction sites, SSAB aims to give mining companies a more cost-effective way to recover from the effects of the pandemic on the mining industry.

The Hardox® 500 Tuf, for example, is the newest among the Hardox wear plate line, offering the combined properties of the industry-renowned Hardox® 450 and Hardox® 500. Best used on tipper trailers, mining and agriculture dump bodies, and other equipment exposed to heavy wear, we deliver exceptional strength, hardness, and toughness in a single wear plate.

The Hardox® HiAce, on the other hand, is targeted more towards acidic and corrosive environments. It is designed in such a way that it drastically reduces the oxidation process in these environments, enabling the wear plate to maintain its full hardness and counteract wear.

Addressing new challenges

Both these products, while already addressing the normal challenges in the mining industry and terms of durability of equipment, are even more important in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the two major challenges of the mining industry, based on a report by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee(, is the demand and logistical problems as a result of the trade restrictions, slower industrial activity, and lower market prices, as well as the reduced labor force.

“These two challenges, while dependent on the holistic response of the industry, can be alleviated in a way by making existing processes vastly more efficient to accommodate the reduction in resources. Making existing equipment stronger and more durable with the use of products like Hardox® 500 Tuf and Hardox® HiAce can offset some of the labor requirements as well as maintenance cost, ultimately helping reduce overall operation cost in these tough times,” said Matthew Spiteri, Country manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Aside from showcasing its products at the upcoming IMARC, SSAB Australia is also eager to help and understand the current situation of the local Australian mining industry better by networking with other key industry players through its membership to Austmine, the leading not-for-profit industry association for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

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 and has production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. SSAB is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a secondary listing on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Source: SSAB