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New Lokomotion technology centre for Metso

The new Lokomotion technology centre is expected to be fully completed by the mid-2030s The new Lokomotion technology centre is expected to be fully completed by the mid-2030s

Metso invest €150 million in modern technology centre and production facility in Tampere, Finland

METSO are to gradually move their current operations in Hatanpää, Tampere, to a new Lokomotion technology centre to be built in Lahdesjärvi, Tampere. In the future, Metso will design, test, and manufacture technologies, equipment, and components in Lahdesjärvi for the production of aggregates and sand.

The Lokomotion Technology Centre site, which Metso acquired in 2021, covers 23ha, and it will host more than 900 Metso employees. The initial total building area of the centre is about 66,000m2, of which the first phase will be about 34,000m2.

The investment in the first phase amounts to around €150 million, spread over three years. Construction will start in July 2024 and will include assembly and testing facilities for the manufacturing of mobile crushers, as well as storage facilities for components and materials used in aggregates equipment. Investment in 2024 is estimated at around €30 million. Production of Lokotrack track-mounted crushing plants is scheduled to start in Lahdesjärvi during the third quarter of 2027.

Phase one of the Locomotion technology centre Phase one of the Locomotion technology centre

According to the plan, the crusher factory, research centre, maintenance workshop, and office facilities will move from Hatanpää to Lahdesjärvi at a later stage. The new technology centre is expected to be fully completed by the mid-2030s.

The goal of the Lokomotion project is to develop and build a new, modern technology centre that will enable sustainable manufacturing operations. The centre will provide an environment and facilities to meet the most demanding sustainability and environmental objectives.

Metso’s current Lokomo site, which is focused on the aggregates business, is in Hatanpää, Tampere, and has been home to industrial activity for more than 100 years. Metso, who own Lokomo’s approximately 17ha of land and buildings, intend to move all Lokomo activities in a phased approach to the new technology centre in Lahdesjärvi, and then close and vacate the Hatanpää site and buildings.

‘Tampere is a very important location for Metso and with our long presence in Lokomo, we are also an important part of the city’s industrial history, said Markku Simula, president of Metso’s Aggregates business area.

‘We are very pleased to be able to implement the Lokomotion project, which is a significant project for Metso and will allow us to continue our operations in the area in a new state-of-the-art technology centre and production facility. The project involves several partners and will have a significant employment impact in the area.’


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