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Metso invests $245m in new technology centre in Finland

Metso is undertaking a years-long project to build new manufacturing facilities in Tampere

The Metso Corporation has invested $245m (€150m) in a new technology centre in Tampere, Finland, which will eventually house all of the company’s operations.

The material processing equipment manufacturer’s Lokomotion Technology Center site covers 23 hectares in the Tampere suburb of Lahdesjärvi and will host over 900 Metso employees. Metso will gradually move its current operations in Hatanpää, Tampere, to the new site.

The investment in the first phase is about $245 million (€150 million), spread over three years, with construction expected to commence in July 2024.

This will include assembly and testing facilities for the manufacturing of mobile crushers and storage facilities for components and materials used in aggregates equipment.

Production of Lokotrack track-mounted crushing plants is scheduled to start in Lahdesjärvi during the third quarter of 2027.

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

Metso states that the goal of the Lokomotion project is to develop and build a new modern technology centre that will enable sustainable manufacturing operations.

“Tampere is a very important location for Metso and with our long presence in Lokomo, we are also an important part of the city’s industrial history,” Metso aggregates president Markku Simula says.

“We are very pleased to be able to implement the Lokomotion project, which is a significant project for Metso and will allow us to continue our operations in the area in a new state-of-the-art technology centre and production facility.

“The project involves a number of partners and will have a significant employment impact in the area.”

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