First publishedin Aggregates Business International
Metso is expanding its Indian foundry capacity due to growing global aggregates and mining industry demand for cast wears
is increasing its foundry capacity in Vadodara, India, to meet growing global demand for cast wears for the mining and aggregates industries.
The initial investment by the Finnish global aggregates and mining plant giant includes the acquisition of the property and foundry assets of a privately-owned foundry project, Mega Cast. Metso expects to invest around €25 million to purchase the assets and to develop the Vadodara foundry by 2020.
"This investment fully aligns with our profitable growth strategy. It further expands our global manufacturing footprint in foundry products, improving our operational capabilities and allowing us to meet our customers' growing needs both in terms of availability as well as reduced lead times," says Sami Takaluoma, president, Minerals Consumables business area at Metso. "We are continuously investigating new ways to develop our supply capabilities through our own manufacturing facilities as well as through our supplier network."
The foundry development will begin as soon as the acquisition of the foundry assets has been completed. The first product deliveries from the Vadodara foundry are expected by the end of 2019, and the production will ramp up quickly in 2020. The new foundry will be built to follow Metso's sustainability and quality principles.