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Metso taking phased approach as it plans relocation of operations to new technology centre

June 4, 2024  By  Mike Lacey



HATANPAA, Finland — Metso is moving its current operations in Hatanpää, Tampere to a new Lokomotion technology center to be built in Lahdesjärvi, Tampere.

According to the Finish company, the future design, testing and manufacturing of technologies, equipment and components for aggregates and sand production will take place in Lahdesjärvi.

Metso acquired the 23-hectare Lokomotion Technology Center site in 2021. The location will host more than 900 Metso employees who are currently working in Tampere. The initial total building area of the center is about 66,000-square-metres, of which the first phase will be about 34,000-square-metres.

The first phase of the move begins in July 2024 with construction of the site for assembly and testing facilities for the manufacturing of mobile crushers and storage facilities for components and materials used in aggregates equipment. Production of the track-mounted crushing plants, Lokotracks, is scheduled to start in Lahdesjärvi during the third quarter of 2027.

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According to the plan, the crusher factory, research center, maintenance workshop and office facilities will move from Hatanpää to Lahdesjärvi at a later stage. The new technology center is expected to be fully completed by the mid-2030s.

Metso states the investment in the first phase is about €150 million, spread over three years.

The goal of the Lokomotion project, the company notes, is to develop and build a new technology centre that will enable sustainable manufacturing operations.


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