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Metso celebrates grand opening of its largest service center globally in Karratha, Australia

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Metso has opened its largest service center globally in Karratha, Western Australia. The center supports the growing demand of customers’ needs, delivering more sustainable, state-of-the-art services. Located in the Pilbara, which is a top supplier of iron ore in the world, the center serves mining and aggregates customers with comprehensive maintenance and repair solutions. The inauguration ceremony was held on March 21, 2024.   

Ngunda Nari dancers

Metso senior leaders, Kevin Michel MLA, Clinton Walker, and Ngunda Nari dancers

 

“The opening of the new center is an important milestone and further proof of our commitment to accelerate strategic investments in serving customers from pit to port. Strengthening our presence to offer increased productivity, shorter lead times, and environmental advantages, will allow us to take service capabilities and customer experience to the next level,” says Sami Takaluoma, President, Services business area, Metso.  

The Karratha Service Center, backed by an investment totaling approximately EUR 32 million (AUD 52 million), spans a 35,000 m² area, including a workshop covering 5,000 m².  

Equipped with advanced amenities such as high-capacity cranes, CNC machines, a heat treatment furnace, welding facilities, and assembly stations, this center has received significant customer support. The center will be able to service a wide range of heavy mining equipment, including crushers, screens, mills, HIG mills, HPGRs, and car dumpers, among others. 

Ribbon cutting by Asia Pacific President, Stuart Sneyd, CFO, Eeva Sipila, Services President, Sami Takaluoma and Director of Repairs, Asia Pacific, Matt Morton

The center also contributes to customers' sustainability goals. By extending the operating life of assets, increasing energy and water efficiency, and minimizing plant downtime, Metso helps customers in achieving their environmental and safety objectives. Further, by reducing the need for long-haul freight between Perth and the Pilbara region, the center reduces carbon emissions and offers faster access to critical spare parts. This not only benefits the environment but also enhances operational efficiency. 

Strategic investment enabling industry-leading services   

“This is a long-term and significant commitment to the Pilbara region and the communities here. We are extremely pleased that our local customers are already expressing considerable interest and confidence in our services. Metso has a significant installed base of equipment and a strong reputation in Asia Pacific; every day over 900 processing plants rely on Metso’s technology. By utilizing Metso’s service know-how and expertise, genuine parts, exact materials, and OEM specifications, customers will achieve significant business and sustainability benefits,” says Stuart Sneyd, President, Asia Pacific.  

The Karratha Service Center features a dedicated training facility, offering tailored programs to enhance the technical expertise of mining professionals. The center will provide long-term stable employment to skilled personnel from the local communities, including trades, service engineers, and experts. An apprenticeship program targeting the local community is also planned for the center. In Asia Pacific alone, Metso contributes to the creation of more than 1,250 jobs, which will be further strengthened with the opening of the Karratha Service Centre. 

Discover more about the Karratha service center and Metso’s maintenance services and repairs on our website. 

Metso has an extensive service center network with over 3,000 field services professionals, technical support, and more than 140 service locations on six continents. We support our customers around the globe with a wide range of installation, commissioning, inspection, and maintenance services.  

Metso is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. We improve our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increase their productivity, and reduce environmental risks with our product and service expertise. We are the partner for positive change.  

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Metso employs over 17,000 people in close to 50 countries; sales for 2023 were about EUR 5.4 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. Metso.com, x.com/metsoofficial

 


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Contact details:

Stuart Sneyd, President, Asia Pacific market area, Metso, tel. + 61 8 9420 5500, email: stuart.sneyd@metso.com 

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Communications and Brand, Metso, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, email: helena.marjaranta@metso.com 

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