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Metso to close South African foundry

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Consultation results in decision to discontinue foundry operations at Isithebe by end of next month

METSO have announced that they are to close their foundry operation in Isithebe, South Africa, by the end of September 2019.

The decision, which follows a review of the company’s global supply footprint in its Minerals Consumables business area, will affect approximately 200 employees currently employed at the foundry.

‘Our strategy is to utilize synergies of the most efficient manufacturing and sourcing opportunities globally to ensure the best value, availability and quality for our customers,’ said Sami Takaluoma, president of Metso’s Minerals Consumables business area.

‘After careful evaluation of all opportunities for Isithebe, discontinuing the operation was identified as the only feasible solution. This is a very unpleasant but necessary action for us. We will focus on ensuring a sustainable transition for Isithebe as well as uninterrupted service to our customers.’

Metso’s foundries produce metallic wear part castings for the mining and aggregates industries. In addition to Isithebe, Metso have five of their own foundries globally and an extensive network of external suppliers.

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