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Newsroom Concrete pump truck manufacturer KCP pumps up with Strenx® to shed weight

Concrete pump truck manufacturer KCP pumps up with Strenx® to shed weight

Thanks to a new design using high-strength, high-performing Strenx® steel, KCP’s trucks have lost about 650 kilograms, extended the reach of their pump booms, and become 5-10% lighter than most of their competitors’ products.

KCP Heavy Industries, located in the Gyeongsangnam-do province of South Korea, is a leading Korean manufacturer of concrete pump trucks, sewer cleaning trucks and custom industrial vehicles. The company produces truck-mounted concrete pumps for brands like Scania, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and MAN, among others.

KCP is the first company in the world to manufacture concrete boom pumps in Strenx® 1100, a point of pride for the company. Strenx® 1100 structural steel has a minimum yield strength of 1100 MPa for stronger and lighter booms, cranes and other structures. KCP used Strenx® grades 1100MC and 1100E in one of their concrete pump truck models destined for the overseas market, and cut the weight by roughly 600-700 kilos compared with their existing model.

Why use Strenx® in concrete pump trucks?

“One of the first requirements for the road vehicles we produce is that they should be lightweight,” says Kim Nam Jin, laboratory director at KCP. “Our trucks are used to transport concrete and are designed to evenly distribute the load. So, the structural technology here is tricky, with severe space limitations.”

For KCP, Strenx® performance steel was the perfect choice of material to lightweight their trucks while extending the reach of the booms. They were able to redesign a 61-meter-long boom to measure 71 meters, and in the process shave roughly 650 kilos off the truck’s weight.

Less weight means less fuel and reduced environmental impact

“Because our concrete pump trucks that use Strenx are 5-10% lighter compared with competitor products, our customers can increase their vehicle fuel efficiency,” says Kim Won Sik, vice president of KCP. “On top of this, customers today also appreciate the positive environmental benefits of lighter trucks.”

Another benefit of the boom pump’s weight reduction is easier transport of wear parts to a job site – which translates into less downtime on the job.

And in the workshop, the biggest advantage when welding steel plate with a high tensile strength is that there is minimal heat straining and bending after welding.

A strong brand brings concrete benefits to your business

KCP is planning to develop its presence on the European market. The company’s recent membership in the My Inner Strenx® brand program marks an important step towards achieving this goal.

Kim Won Sik says, “My Inner Strenx® certification gives us an opportunity to progress to a level that wasn’t possible before. This logo on our vehicles is a strong brand statement that can help us gain the trust of our customers – which I think is the greatest value of all.”

As a program member, KCP can collaborate with SSAB on innovative designs that will improve both the performance and the resale value of their equipment. The My Inner Strenx® logo on a product indicates that it has passed strict quality inspections and is approved by SSAB in terms of welding, design and manufacturing process.

KCP thinks that late technology adopters and competitors will likely challenge them with similar products and solutions. “But we’re equipped with the spirit of an explorer – we’re always interested in the potential of new steel technologies to improve our products and help bring them to market around the world!” Kim concludes.

Technical specifications of KCP61ZX6170

Technical specifications pump truck

“My Inner Strenx® certification gives us an opportunity to progress to a level that wasn’t possible before. This logo on our vehicles is a strong brand statement that can help us gain the trust of our customers – which I think is the greatest value of all.”

Concrete pump truck manufacturer KCP pumps up with Strenx to shed weight

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Thanks to a new design using high-strength, high-performing Strenx® steel, KCP’s trucks have lost about 650 kilograms, extended the reach of their pump booms, and become 5-10% lighter than most of their competitors’ products.