Modern Quarrying

In 2018, Metso celebrates its 150th anniversary. The story of Metso started in 1868 as a local ironworks, and is linked to the development of urban environments and the modern way of life.

Metso has evolved through a series of mergers, acquisitions and divestments. With its own operations in more than 50 countries and over 12 000 dedicated professionals working for the company, Metso today is 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.

Metso CrusherThe first mobile crushers manufactured at Lokomo were introduced in the 1920s.

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, to name a few.

One of its core areas of expertise today is aggregates and minerals processing: key ingredients for the construction and manufacture of the infrastructure, housing and consumables needed for growing populations and urban areas. The first innovations that kicked off mechanical crushing and screening processes in the mines and quarries were introduced in the 1800s.

Bruno Nordberg, a Finnish migrant who settled in Michigan in the United States, produced some of the first crushing equipment for mines. In 1928, Nordberg acquired the Symons cone crusher technology, an innovation that revolutionised crushing practices in mines and quarries. 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 DNA.

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 was elemental in the creation of a full-scope offering for crushing and screening. Thanks to its strong installed base and close cooperation with its customers, Metso has been able to continuously develop its services, equipment and systems to best meet the needs of its customers.

The company’s latest innovations – like Life Cycle Services, energy-efficient HRC® high-pressure grinding technology, MegalinerTM mill linings, the MXTM Multi-Action cone crusher and Lokotrack® Urban(TM) jaw crushing plants – have quickly become household names among its customers around the world.

Digitalisation, sustainability and energy-efficiency are some of the focus areas in its current R&D projects. The Metso Metrics concept, which comprises of a cloud-based, remote monitoring and data visualisation service for mobile crushing plants, will soon be introduced to mining and recycling processes, too.

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Title: Editor
Name: Munesu Shoko
Email: quarrying@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622-4770


Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Bennie Venter
Email: benniev@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622-4770
Fax: (011) 615-6108

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