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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.

Product overview special vehicles

Components Technology
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Camshafts
Camshafts

thyssenkrupp is the world market leader for assembled camshafts: we count practically all international auto manufacturers among our customers. Our camshafts are essential engine components, ensuring that oxygen is supplied to the combustion process and exhaust gases are removed from the engine block. We also develop cylinder head modules with integrated camshafts, variable valve train systems, and components for electric drives.

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Crankshafts & conrods
Crankshafts & conrods

Forged and machined crankshafts and conrods from thyssenkrupp are used in internal combustion engines the world over. We also manufacture numerous other engine, transmission and suspension components for various applications. State-of-the-art production processes, close cooperation with our customers, and in-house research and development resources, together with over 100 years' experience of forging and machining technology, define who we are today.

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Bearings
Bearings

Slewing bearings and rings from thyssenkrupp are essential construction and connecting elements for machines. They are used in wind turbines, cranes, excavators, telescopes, solar and tidal power plants. Our products are developed and designed exactly in accordance with our customers' requirements. Working closely together, we find solutions which are unique in terms of design, material properties, and performance.

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Undercarriages
Undercarriages

High-quality undercarriages and undercarriage components from thyssenkrupp keep tracked vehicles moving the world over. Manufacturers and operators of construction machinery value our extensive range of track chains, rollers, idlers, sprockets and track shoes. We can also develop and manufacture complete undercarriages for crushers, recycling units, road construction machinery, specialist drilling equipment, and combine harvesters.

Materials Services
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Rolled steel
Rolled steel

thyssenkrupp is not just a world-leading materials distributor, but it also offers tailored logistics solutions and custom processing services. The product range includes carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and plastics in virtually all shapes, grades, and sizes. In total around 150,000 articles are available. In addition to wide-ranging materials and services, thyssenkrupp offers end-to-end warehouse and inventory management solutions, as well as customized supply chain solutions. With AST in Italy, the Group also boasts one of Europe’s leading stainless steel flat product manufacturers.

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Stainless steel
Stainless steel

thyssenkrupp is not just a world-leading materials distributor, but it also offers tailored logistics solutions and custom processing services. The product range includes carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and plastics in virtually all shapes, grades, and sizes. In total around 150,000 articles are available. In addition to wide-ranging materials and services, thyssenkrupp offers end-to-end warehouse and inventory management solutions, as well as customized supply chain solutions. With AST in Italy, the Group also boasts one of Europe’s leading stainless steel flat product manufacturers.

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Nonferrous metals
Nonferrous metals

As a leading raw materials trading company, thyssenkrupp ensures just-in-time supplies to its customers worldwide. The product range includes coal, coke, special ores, alloys, metals, minerals, and industrial gases, as well as energy services. Outstanding knowledge of products and markets and close ties to leading producers and suppliers ensure security of supply. Our full-service offering includes advice on applications, as well as comprehensive quality management.

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Plastics
Plastics

thyssenkrupp is not just a world-leading materials distributor, but it also offers tailored logistics solutions and custom processing services. The product range includes carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals, and plastics in virtually all shapes, grades, and sizes. In total around 150,000 articles are available. In addition to wide-ranging materials and services, thyssenkrupp offers end-to-end inventory management, as well as customized supply chain solutions.

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Materials services (processing)
Materials services (processing)

In its worldwide service centers and branches, thyssenkrupp has extensive processing capabilities, including slitting, shearing, plasma and laser cutting, sawing, drilling, milling, and coating. Materials can also be supplied with TÜV certificates on request.

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Logistics services
Logistics services

As a leading materials distributor, thyssenkrupp offers its customers sophisticated warehousing and logistics services, including end-to-end inventory management and customized supply chain solutions.

Steel Europe
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Hot strip
Hot strip

thyssenkrupp's hot-rolled portfolio extends from mild and structural steels to thermomechanically rolled high-strength PERFORM® grades for cold forming. Hot-rolled steel is available pickled and unpickled in a variety of dimensions. The wide range includes our premium product SCALUR®, pickled hot-rolled steel with very close thickness tolerances, sour gas-resistant pipeline steel, manganese-boron steels for hot forming, and dual phase steels for the manufacture of complex high-strength structural elements.

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Heavy plate
Heavy plate

thyssenkrupp's heavy plate product range comprises quarto and cut-to-length plates for a wide variety of applications, tailored to customer requirements. Our high-strength special structural steels N-A-XTRA® and XABO® are used in highly stressed structures such as mobile cranes, our high-strength cold-forming steels PERFORM® in lightweight structures in truck manufacture, our wear-resistant XAR® steels in construction and mining equipment, and our SECURE steels in ballistic applications.

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Sheet & coated products
Sheet & coated products

thyssenkrupp offers a broad spectrum of cold-rolled sheet and coated products. Our coatings range from hot-dip galvanized and galvannealed to our ZM EcoProtect® coating and our aluminum-based aluminum-silicon, GALFAN® and GALVALUME® products. In addition we offer electrogalvanized sheet and special finishes such as EloTex® and PrimeTex®, the perfect basis for an outstanding paint finish.

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Composite material
Composite material

With TRIBOND®, thyssenkrupp's steel specialists combine different materials in a single product. Consisting of two or three layers produced by hot roll cladding, our composite materials offer properties which cannot be achieved with a conventional monolithic steel material. The vibration-damping composite BONDAL® comprises a viscoelastic polymer sandwiched between two steel face sheets for excellent structure-borne and air-borne sound insulation.

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Electrical steel
Electrical steel

thyssenkrupp is a global market leader in high-tech electrical steel, a product used throughout the electricity value chain from generation to transmission, distribution and consumption. Our product range includes both semi-finished and fully finished grades. Innovative PowerCore® electrical steels offer extremely high efficiency. The grain-oriented version, produced by a sophisticated process to create its special grain structure, is used in transformers, while non-oriented electrical steel is employed in electric motors, appliances and generators.

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Precision steel strip
Precision steel strip

Manufactured to very close thickness tolerances, precision steel strip from thyssenkrupp achieves properties similar to cold-rolled steel. In addition it offers excellent surface quality, extremely uniform material properties, tailored microstructures, outstanding forming properties even in high-strength grades, and batch sizes matched to customer needs. This means our precision steel strip is perfect for direct processing as well as for further processing in the cold rolling mill.

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