Helsinki-based Metso celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. The company began in 1868 as a local ironworks and has evolved through a series of mergers, acquisitions and divestments. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 12,000 employees, Metso says it truly a global industrial company providing the world's mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries with innovative solutions for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources.
During its 150 years, Metso has been in many businesses, ranging from steam engines, locomotives, car manufacturing, forest machines and pulp and paper machines, to valves, metal and waste recycling equipment and solutions for rock and mineral crushing and screening.
The company says aggregates and minerals processing is one of its core areas. The first innovations that introduced mechanical crushing and screening in mines and quarries were introduced in the 1800s. Bruno Nordberg, a Finnish migrant who settled in Michigan, produced some of the first crushing equipment for mines. In 1928, Nordberg acquired the Symons cone crusher technology, an innovation that revolutionized crushing practices in the mines and quarries, Metso says. Bergeaud & Bruno was established in France in 1895 to manufacture crushing equipment, and in Tampere, Finland, Lokomo produced its first jaw crushers at the beginning of the 1920s. These industry pioneers are all key components of Metso’s history, the company says.
The amalgamation of Svedala Industri Ab into Metso in 2001 and the introduction of solutions like primary gyratory crushers, grinding mills and vertical shaft impactors helped the company create a full-scope offering for crushing and screening equipment.
“Thanks to our strong installed base and close cooperation with our customers, we have been able to continuously develop our services, equipment and systems to best meet the needs of our customers,” Metso says in a news release announcing its anniversary.
The company’s latest innovations for this sector include Life Cycle Services, energy-efficient HRC high-pressure grinding technology, Megaliner mill linings, the MXTM Multi-Action cone crusher and Lokotrack Urban jaw crushing plan.
Metso says its current R&D efforts focus on digitalization, sustainability and energy-efficiency. The company says it will soon introduce its Metso Metrics concept, a cloud-based, remote monitoring and data visualization service for mobile crushing plants, to mining and recycling processes, too.
Metso says its metal recycling offering rests on a strong platform built on the Lindemann, Texas Shredder and N-Series technology, covering a wide range of efficient solutions for the fragmentation, compaction and separation of different types of metal scrap.
The company says its acquisition of M&J Industries in Denmark in 2010 made it a leading supplier of solid waste recycling equipment.
In flow control, Metso says its solutions are built on Neles and Jamesbury valve solutions. Neles Oy was established by Antti Nelimarkka and Eino Santasalo in 1956. The first Neles valves were originally designed for the needs of the pulp and paper industry. Soft-sealed Jamesbury valves, Mapag valves (now part of the Neles product portfolio), valve controllers and globe valves were later added to the portfolio to complement the offering, according to the company. Today, various process industries including, pulp and paper sector, use the company’s flow control products and services to run their processes.
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Metso organized a photo exhibition at Sanomatalo's Mediatori illustrating how the company has taken part in shaping and building the modern world. The exhibition features photos, stories and insights into how the world and the industries Metso works with have changed over the time. The exhibition is open to the public through Sept. 30
A timeline of the company’s history is available at www.metso.com/company/history.