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Metso Outotec to invest in polymer filter plate production plant in Mexico

Metso Outotec says it will invest in its first polymer filter plate production unit in Mexico in response to global demand for high-quality filtration solutions for its mining customers’ filter presses.

The company expects to invest a total of around €28 million ($28 million) to acquire the land and develop the production facilities by 2025.

The construction work will begin as soon as the acquisition of the land and the planning of the facility have been completed.

The construction of the new factory is expected to begin in 2023 and reach full capacity during 2025, following a gradual ramp-up. Once fully operational, the new factory is expected to employ around 60 skilled personnel.

Tomas Hakala, Senior Vice President, Beneficiation, Dewatering and Hydrometallurgy Services, said: “Polymer filter plates are strategic and critical spare parts. To serve our customers’ growing needs, we will further develop our supply capabilities by investing in a new state-of-the-art factory where quality and safety are key focus areas. We also have maintained and will maintain a strong network of suppliers globally.”

Hakala says the company has selected Mexico as the target country for its potential to reduce lead times, transportation distances – especially to the Americas – and CO2 emissions for its end customers.

Metso Outotec has high sustainability targets for CO2 emissions for its own operations and the supply chain. The target is to have net-zero CO2 emissions in the company’s own operations by 2030, and a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions from logistics by 2025.

In addition, the goal is for 30% of suppliers by spend to make a commitment to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and set reduction targets for CO2 emissions by 2030.

The new factory will be located in the central region of Mexico, where Metso Outotec already has a rubber and Poly-Met factory.

Outotec offloads fabrication, manufacturing facilities in southern Africa

Outotec has agreed to sell its fabrication and manufacturing businesses in South Africa and Mozambique to SPS Holdings Company, a firm which will then become Outotec’s agent to the ferrochrome industry in that part of the world.

The transaction is expected to become effective on June 1, but both parties have agreed not to disclose the acquisition price, Outotec said.

“The South African facility, in Brits, serves primarily ferrochrome plants and the Mozambique facility provides services and spare parts for the aluminium industry,” the company said. The combined annual sales have been approximately €15 million ($16.6 million). The majority of the 255 employees are working in fabrication and manufacturing and will transfer as old employees, Outotec added.

“As of June 1, SPS Holdings will be providing fabrication services, site works and local supplies for Outotec’s customers acting as the company’s agent to the South Africa ferrochrome industry,” the company said.

Tomas Hakala, Head of Outotec’s Service Business, said: “SPS Holdings, with its local operations, is well-positioned to run these businesses.

“Outotec’s service strategy is to offer expert services for our proprietary products, process and technologies. Together with SPS Holdings our joint aim is to use our local experience to build and grow a service-oriented business to help customers to get the best return for their investments.”