Metso acquires Kiln Flames Systems to extend pyro processing line

Metso has acquired UK-based combustion solutions and technology provider Kiln Flame Systems (KFS) as it looks to extend its pyro processing portfolio and capabilities.

KFS specialises in rotary kiln and calcining processes, combustion optimisation and burner technologies with patented designs. It provides solutions to a wide range of industries including minerals processing. The company has 14 employees based in High Wycombe, in the UK.

The acquisition of KFS will complement Metso’s pyro processing group, which designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets systems and equipment that increase the values of ores, minerals, wastes, and related materials by changing their mechanical and/or chemical properties through the application of heat. It has a complete line of equipment that can be custom designed for special applications, according to the company.

Mikko Keto, President of the Minerals Services business area at Metso, said: “The acquisition supports Metso’s growth strategy by strengthening our capabilities to provide pyro solutions to our customers.”

Cliff Rennie, Director and CEO of KFS, said joining forces with Metso would give the company the opportunity to offer the company’s technology to a wider customer base.

“KFS has worked hard to establish our position and reputation as a market leader in custom-designed combustion solutions, and we are delighted to build our future and continue serving existing and new customers with Metso.”

KFS is a world-leader in rotary kiln and calciner combustion and process optimisation, according to Metso. Founded in 1999, KFS’ distinctiveness is based on its mastery of computational fluid dynamics for burner design and system analysis backed up by an extensive history of physical modelling.