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Sandvik to increase rock drill production

Sandvik are extending their rock drill production facility in Tampere, Finland
Sandvik are extending their rock drill production facility in Tampere, Finland

Company investing SEK260 million to boost production capacity in Tampere, Finland

TO strengthen their position as mining’s leading rock drill manufacturer, Sandvik are investing SEK260 million (£18.7 million) to increase their production capacity in Tampere, Finland. The phased expansion will initially increase rock drill production capacity by 25%, with the potential to increase by a further 20%.

‘We see continuously increasing demand for our rock drills for surface and underground mining and civil engineering applications, driven both by aftermarket growth and drilling equipment sales,’ said Petri Virrankoski, president of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Surface Drilling Division. ‘This investment will strengthen our position as the leader in rock drill development and manufacturing.’


The first phase of the project will be complete by the end of 2024 and includes the design and construction of a 1,600m2 extension to the existing production facility. New machine tools will also be integrated into the site’s flexible manufacturing system, featuring automation and autonomous mobile robots.

Depending on demand development, the 1,600m2 extension would then also be able to accommodate installation of additional new machine tools during 2025, delivering even more production capacity by 2027.

‘For more than 50 years, Sandvik rock drills have been renowned for their high quality, endurance and reliability,’ said Timo Laitinen, vice-president of the Rock Drill Business Unit at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. ‘Our facility expansion will accommodate state-of-the art production equipment that will help us uphold that reputation as we meet increasing demand for our rock drills.’


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