Industries Served

Trailer and Truck Industry

Kloeckner Metals is proud to supply metals and processing services to the trailer and truck industry of North America.

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Products Serving the Trailer and Truck Industry Industry

Services Provided to the Trailer and Truck Industry Industry


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Special Equipment Serving the Trailer and Truck Industry Industry

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How large is the truck & trailer industry?


    The trucking and trailer industry in the United States is a significant and vital part of the country’s economy. The industry employs millions of people and generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the trucking industry is responsible for moving nearly 71% of all freight in the United States and accounts for $800 billion in revenue annually.

    As of 2019, the industry had over 3.5 million truck drivers and an additional 1.4 million support personnel, for a total of 4.9 million people. The trucking industry is also responsible for the manufacturing and sales of commercial trucks and trailers, which is a large and important industry in itself.

  • What metal grades go into trucks & trailers?


    Trucks and trailers are typically made from a variety of metal grades, each chosen for its specific properties and suitability for different parts of the vehicle.

    Some common metal grades used in the manufacturing of trucks and trailers include:

    • Mild steel: This is a low carbon steel that is commonly used for the frame and body of the vehicle. It is inexpensive, easy to work with, and has good welding properties.
    • High-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel: This is a type of steel that has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than mild steel, making it useful for parts of the vehicle that need to be strong but lightweight, such as the suspension and axles.
    • Aluminum: This is a lightweight metal that is often used for the body and some other parts of the vehicle, such as the wheels, to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency.
    • Stainless steel: This is a type of steel that is resistant to corrosion and is often used for parts of the vehicle that are exposed to the elements, such as the exhaust system.
    • Titanium: This is a very strong and lightweight metal that is used in high-stress parts of the vehicle, such as the suspension.

    Other metals like copper, brass, and bronze can be used in small parts of the vehicle like wiring, pipes and fittings.

    It’s also worth noting that truck and trailer manufacturers are increasingly using advanced high-strength steels and aluminum alloys to reduce the weight of the vehicle and improve its fuel efficiency. Additionally, they use coatings and treatments to improve the corrosion resistance of the metal components.

  • What equipment is used to process metals in the truck and trailer industry?


    In the truck and trailer industry, some of the equipment used to process metals include:

    • Shears: These are used to cut metal sheets and plates to size.
    • Press brakes: These are used to bend metal sheets and plates into specific shapes.
    • Rollers: These are used to shape metal sheets and plates into cylindrical forms.
    • Welding equipment: This includes MIG, TIG, and stick welders, used to join metal parts together.
    • CNC machines: These are computer-controlled machines that can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks, such as drilling, milling, and turning.
    • Painting and finishing equipment: This includes sandblasters, paint booths, and other equipment used to prepare and finish metal surfaces.

    Other tools and equipment commonly used in the truck and trailer industry include metal saws, drills, grinders, and hand tools such as wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers.

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