Legislation will drive adoption of high strength steels
Ivan Fornazaric, managing director of UAE-based trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturer Gorica Group, says there’s a need to introduce legislation in the UAE to limit gross vehicle weight
High strength and high performance steel grades make trailers stronger and lighter. While no truck driver or fleet operator will refuse this proposition, there’s nothing stopping them from overloading their vehicles if there’re no limitations on the gross vehicle weight, which includes the truck, trailer and load.
According to Ivan Fornazaric, managing director of UAE-based trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturer Gorica Group, there’s a need to introduce legislation in the UAE to limit gross vehicle weight.
“GCC countries such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have legislations for gross vehicle weight limitations, and Oman is introducing them. Without legislation, vehicle drivers and operator tend to overload them, which gives us no option but to make stronger vehicles to ensure that they can handle excess loads and not damage trailers. If there are legislations on vehicle weight, transporters will want to carry more net payload, and in order to make that possible, we’ll need to make stronger and lighter trailers,” says Fornazaric.
Ivan Fornazaric, managing director, Gorica Group
Fornazaric points out another concern, the lack of legislation to regulate the import of second-hand trailers into the UAE from Europe.
“Trailer owners in Europe are given permits to transport perishable goods and they are valid for 6 years, with the possibility of extending it to 8 years. When the permits expire, they are required to take them off the roads. Such vehicles are imported into the UAE and used to transport all kinds of material, including perishable goods. If these vehicles include refrigerated trailers, they come with the risk of food contamination and have poor insulation, which would demand more fuel consumption and thus emissions,” says Fornazaric.
Gorica Group manufactures a range of vehicle bodies including cargo trailers, semi-trailers, fuel/water/sewage/jetting tankers, dry bulk tankers, aluminium tankers/bulkers, transit cement mixers, municipality equipment, oil field equipment along with pressurized vessels, refrigerated semi-trailers and frigo bodies at its production facilities in the UAE and supplies them in the Middle East and Africa.
In 2017, the company launched products such as aluminium tankers, bulkers and hoppers, stainless steel fresh milk transportation tankers and foam tankers. The construction industry remains its largest customer base. According to Fornazaric, demand for Gorica products is increasing from the logistics industry, particularly for long haul applications.
“Gorica Group is investing in R&D to drive product development of trailers and bodies for emerging applications. One of the new developments is the manufacturing of aluminium tankers. While aluminium has the advantage of being lighter than steel, it is more expensive. The market is not yet ready to adopt or replace steel with aluminium,” says Fornazaric.