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Metso receives largest filter modernisation order in its history

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.

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.”