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Metso Corporation's press release on September 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. local time
Metso continues to strengthen its own services organization in the region
Metso and Boliden have extended their services contract for Boliden's Aitik mine
in Gällivare, Northern Sweden. The three-year extension includes the supply of
mill-lining solutions and the preventive maintenance of the grinding circuit.
The value of the order will not be disclosed. It is a performance based cost-
per-ton agreement, where Metso is rewarded according to the output of the
"Signing a cost-per-ton agreement with Boliden gives us a great opportunity to
show our expertise and ability to provide complete mill lining solutions. Within
the scope of the service partnership we will be responsible for planning the
shut-down process related to the replacement of mill-linings
to be as efficient
as possible and have a direct impact in helping Boliden to maximize the output
of their process" says Simon Pelletier, SVP, Life Cycle Services, Services
business line, Mining and Construction, Metso.
Metso and Boliden have co-operated since the 1960s. The new contract is yet
another step forward in deepening the collaboration even further.
"The challenges Boliden has tested us with have pushed Metso to combine our
expertise in both services and capital businesses. This refined approach has
resulted in new Life-Cycle Services contracts with Northland Resources and
Russian Copper Company as well", says João Ney Colagrossi, President of Services
business line, Mining and Construction, Metso.
The Aitik mine is one of Europe's largest producers of copper. The most recent
expansion project will increase the capacity of the mine 36 million tons of ore
per year. Metso delivered two AG (autogenous) mills to Boliden in 2007. The AG
mills of 11,58 m by 13,72 m in diameter were the largest ever supplied by Metso
at that time.
The order will be included in Mining and Construction third quarter 2012 orders
Metso's new mill liner maximizes mill availability while improving worker safety
The AG mills installed in Aitik will be lined using the new Metso Megaliner(TM)
shell liner. This new concept liner helps to maximize the availability of large
mills by utilizing an innovative design which offers their speedy replacement.
Megaliner(TM) uses larger than average liners, yet these can still be placed
with the same liner handlers used with many large AG mills. By using larger
liners a smaller quantity of them is needed and Megaliner(TM) also has fewer
attachment points compared with conventional liners, improving installation and
removal time even further. It also improves worker safety during maintenance, as
the liners are bolted into position from the outside of the mill, so workers do
not need to stand in the 'drop-zone' of the liners.
Metso is opening a services hub to support mining industry in northern Sweden
To ensure both Boliden and other customers nearby continue to receive first-
class service, Metso is ramping up its strong local services offering for mining
customers in northern Sweden by expanding the services hub in Gällivare. The new
hub will also include a distribution center for spare and wear parts.
In addition to Gällivare, Metso has a strong and competent customer service
organization in Kiruna and Luleå, and is about to open a service center in
Pajala to support the new services contract with Northland Resources AB. The
northern Swedish region holds major potential for Metso's equipment and service
business, as mining companies situated in the area are expanding their business
and investing in new mining projects.
Boliden is a metals company with a commitment to sustainable development.
Boliden's roots are Nordic, but business is global. The company's core
competence is within the fields of exploration, mining, smelting and metals
recycling. Boliden has a total of approximately 4,400 employees and an annual
turnover of approximately EUR 4.7 billion in 2011.
Metso's mining and construction professionals specialize in always bringing the
right technology, processes, machinery and services to our customers in the
aggregates production, construction, mining and minerals processing.
Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the
process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and
oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries deliver
sustainability and profitability to customers worldwide. Expect results.
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For further information, please contact:
Christer Brännström, General Manager, Swedish Service Hubs, Services business
line, Mining and Constrcution, Metso, tel. +46 910 584232,
Tony Hansson, Sales Manager Mining Sweden, Services business line, Mining and
Constrcution, Metso, tel. +46 920 25 06 80, firstname.lastname@example.org
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