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The 500th Lokotrack to Germany, a LT120 jaw plant with a folding discharge conveyor, was handed out to a German customer Andres Erdarbeiten during steinexpo 2017
Metso has reached another significant milestone in Lokotrack sales by delivering the 500th unit sold in Germany during steinexpo, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe, being held 30 August – 2 September. The LT120 jaw plant was received by Andres Erdarbeiten, a family-owned crushing, screening and recycling contractor. Globally, Metso has sold over 7,000 Lokotracks.
"Metso's German customers were interested in the mobile, track-mounted Lokotrack crushing plant concept right away after the commercial production started in the Tampere works, Finland in 1985. In Germany, customers noticed quickly that the track-mounted units are more economical while the crusher could be moved to the rocks," comments the sales success Hugo van Benthem, Metso's distribution manager in Germany.
The first Lokotrack deliveries to Germany in late 1980's included often two-stage plants for crushing and screening in hard rock quarries. A typical combination was a tracked LT100 jaw and LT1100 cone plant. A German company ABAG purchased these units over 30 years ago, and are still running the same crushers, which proves something of the longevity of the Lokotrack range.
"Today, Metso's Lokotracks used in Germany cover well all customer segments, from light, easy-to-transport contracting and recycling plants to sturdy, high-capacity mobile quarrying crushers. Our German customers like also Metso's in-the-pit primary crushing concept with jaw plant connected to a mobile conveyor system," explains Joachim Höft, Metso's sales manager in Germany.
Andres Erdarbeiten is a family owned company with Diethardt Andres as the owner and managing director. Based in Mendig, Rheinland-Pfalz, the company was founded in 1993 and deploys activities in quarrying, contract crushing, recycling, transport, soil handling and processing. The company has successfully operated Lokotrack LT105 jaw and LT200HP cone plants for over a decade in varying applications from tough basalt through to recycling of mixed demolition waste. Besides crushing for building materials, Andres Erdarbeiten's stone saw plant processes the top-quality basalt to accurately pre-programmed dimensions for stairways, kitchen tops and decorative applications.
Lokotrack branded crushing and screening plants and mobile screens are sold in Germany by Metso Germany (quarry units) and two experienced distributors, Fischer Jung and HSB (contractor units). "Good reputation, reliability using first-class components, high crushing and screening efficiency and excellent resale value are the backbones for our successful Lokotrack sales in Germany. On top, we are offering our customers responsive, wide ranging service," comments Thorsten Plew, managing director of Fischer Jung.