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Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic Leaf Springs

For weight sensitive applications, Hendrickson offers Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) leaf springs that complement our high performance steel spring portfolio. We offer GFRP solutions for front or rear axles, from Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) to medium and heavy duty trucks, supporting our customers along the way to find the best fit for them.

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A Leaf Spring for Every Need

Hendrickson provides the widest range of springs available in today’s industry. In addition to the proven state of the art, steel springs, Hendrickson offers composite springs as a lightweight alternative. Composite springs are used when the customer’s main focus is on applications where extreme weight saving is needed.

Our Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) leaf springs are customized according to each and every customer technical requests.
  

Weight-saving Solutions

For weight sensitive applications, Hendrickson offers GFRP leaf springs that complement our high performance steel spring portfolio. We offer GFRP solutions for front or rear axles, from Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) to medium and heavy duty trucks, supporting our customers along the way to find the best fit for them.

When comparing steel mono-leaf springs for heavy duty applications to the lightweight GFRP solution, a weight savings of 50% is realized, presenting up to 40kg per front axle.
 

Proven Expertise in R&D

We have been involved in the development, manufacturing and testing of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) leaf springs for 30 plus years. Our engineers were successful in designing and testing GRPF leaf springs for various LCVs customer projects in the 80’s and 90’s. These projects met or exceeded our customer’s technical expectations. 

Our commitment to innovation and technology has made it possible to develop lightweight composite springs for heavy duty truck applications. GFRP mono-leaf leaf springs for 7 and 5T front axles, with a central thickness over 90mm, have been successfully developed and road tested confirming our simulated in-house testing programs. Other designs including hybrid leaf springs (combination of steel spring and GFRP) and boogie springs are currently under development to provide efficient solutions for truck manufacturers and transport companies.