Metso is expanding its global manufacturing capacity for rubber screening media used in minerals processing by investing in three new injection presses, including one for its Australian facility.
The presses will be installed at Metso’s Australian, Indian and Swedish facilities by early 2018.
According to Metso, the EUR1.7 million ($2.36 million) investment will significantly increase its global rubber screening media manufacturing capacity.
The demand for Metso’s screening media has grown in the mining segment after the introduction of 1’x1′ modular screening media, TrellexTM 305PS, in 2016.
“Uptime and availability mean the world to our customers. A mine can easily consume thousands of screening media modules in a year,” Metso’s product manager, screening media Claes Larsson said.
“During maintenance, the right modules simply have to be at the right place at the right time. With this investment, we can answer our customers’ needs and ensure on-time delivery.”
The 1’x1′ (305mm x 305mm) screening media module size is a standard in major mining markets for safety and compatibility reasons. Metso made the decision to include the size in its Trellex product range, based on customer demand.
“We are already the number one service partner for the mining industry. Complementing our extensive wear parts portfolio with an industry standard such as 1’x1′ screening media is a natural step in strengthening this position,” Metso senior vice president, crushing and screening wears Jose E. Perez said.
“We are the only supplier able to provide everything that a mine needs in a comminution circuit, from spare and wear parts to equipment and service.
“With this investment, we expand our manufacturing footprint to be better able to serve our customers efficiently, conveniently, with an eye towards shorter lead times and reduced inventory requirements.”
As a part of its commitment to availability and short lead times, Metso added it would be prepared to make further investments in screening media manufacturing if demand continued to grow.