Metso celebrate ‘first pour’ for new Vadodara foundry
New greenfield foundry in India set to commence production of cast wear parts for local and global markets
IN 2018, Metso announced a greenfield foundry project in Vadodara, India, with a target to increase the casting wears capacity for the mining and aggregate industries. The ‘first pour’ event was celebrated in India today, and later this month the foundry will commence production for customer deliveries to both local and global markets.
‘The state-of-the-art foundry will have a strong role in our global foundry network by serving our customers’ growing needs in the mining and aggregate industries worldwide,’ said Sami Takaluoma, president of Metso’s Minerals Consumables business area. ‘The new facility with its modern and efficient production processes increases our product availability with reduced lead times.’
Metso, who are continuously exploring alternatives to develop their supply capabilities globally through its own manufacturing facilities as well as through a supplier network, say the new foundry’s manufacturing process utilizes Lean principles, allowing strong on-time delivery performance, shorter lead times and world-class quality of finished products.
The initial foundry investment was announced in September 2018 and Metso say the total investment value up to 2020 has been approximately €25 million, including the purchase of the assets and development of the foundry. The new facility employs 180 staff.
In addition to the new foundry in Vadodara, Metso are continuing to develop their foundry unit in Ahmedabad. In India, the company employs more than 1,400 people at 13 locations, serving all Metso’s customer industries.