Metso says it has been awarded repeat orders for filter modernisation, plate packs and related services from several major mining companies in the North, Central and South America markets.
In addition to filter modernisation, several larger modernisation orders for other types of dewatering solutions have been booked, according to the company.
By utilising Metso’s expertise and technology, customers will be able to increase uptime and achieve capacity improvements, Metso claims, adding that the value of the orders amount to more than €15 million ($16.4 million).
In the March quarter, Metso received the largest filter modernisation order in its history, totaling €10 million, while the company’s largest thickener modernisation order was also booked in this same three-month period.
Tomas Hakala, Senior Vice President, Beneficiation, Dewatering, and Hydrometallurgy Services business line, Metso, said: “The customer interest and need for high-quality filters, filter spares, and services are rising. We are very glad to confirm several repeat orders with our key customers. The new polymer filter plate factory in Mexico is an important investment, and it will increase our capability of meeting customers’ demands, simultaneously strengthening our strong position in mining concentrate and tailings filtration solutions.”
From the new factory, Metso will provide customers with shorter lead times and transportation distances, especially to the Americas, it says. The first filter plates are expected to be manufactured in the second half of 2024, and full production capacity is expected by the end of the first half of 2025. Once fully operational, the factory will have the capacity to serve the full filter portfolio.
Metso’s filtration portfolio consists of 15 different filter types and services for hundreds of applications. More than 80% of Metso filters are part of the company’s Planet Positive portfolio, primarily thanks to their efficiency in the recovery and reuse of water, the company says. It has carried out more than 14,000 filtration tests and delivered more than 5,000 filters for various applications worldwide. Many of the filters are sold under the Larox® product name along with Metso corporate branding.