Metso Australia’s integration of its conveyor belt fabrication and service facility in Jandakot into its Mining and Construction division is an expression of confidence in the future of Western Australia’s resources sector, Metso’s administrative managing director Asia Pacific region Helen Herbage said.
“Metso’s local investment at a time when capital expansions around the country are being shelved is a clear indication that we are here for the long haul,” she said.
Metso purchased the Jandakot operation in October this year from G & F Beltline Beltline Services, a private family trust providing conveyor belt installations and maintenance services to the Australian resources sector.
According to Herbage, Metso has a responsibility to make quality services available in the current financial climate.
“In the context of the global financial crisis, we have an important role to play to provide appropriate solutions to customers who are competing for scarce finance capital,” she said.
“We have seen a shift in inquiries from new capital installations, to increasing interest on Metso’s repair and refurbishment services.
“This is where we can add the most value to customers in the current market context.”
The new acquisition means that Metso will have a belt fabrication shop in Jandakot as well as four other workshops close to Western Australia’s mining activity.
“We look forward to continuing servicing the belt lines for Beltline customers and to expanding the installed base further,” Herbage said.
“We will use the acquired service network and resources to further reinforce Metso’s overall service offering to the mining industry in Western Australia.”
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