Press release September 10, 2015 02:00:20 PM CET

Metso's services solution results in 4 times less downtime in minerals transportation for Chilean mining company Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Metso's services solution results in 4 times less downtime in minerals transportation for Chilean mining company Doña Inés de Collahuasi

Metso Corporation's press release on September 10, 2015

Implementing Metso's integrated service and product offering has resulted in a significant efficiency boost for the minerals transportation process of Doña Inés de Collahuasi in Chile. The Metso solution, delivered about a year ago, includes gathering and analyzing field data from the chutes, a new liner design, the manufacture and assembly of three discharge chutes for the mine, as well as performance follow-up and further optimization to ensure the continuous improvement of the process.

Doña Inés de Collahuasi is Chile's third largest producer of copper. The company's close co-operation with Metso has already resulted in important changes in the design of the chute liners to improve the maintenance conditions by streamlining the changeover of anti-wear plates. The original design had a medium time between faults of approximately 20 days; this interval is now is 4 times longer and we are aware that this can continue to be optimized.

"As a company, we look for suppliers who provide an integrated service that includes engineering, manufacturing and assembly. Metso knew how to respond to our deadlines and objectives. In minerals transportation we've already seen the time between faults rising from 20 to 80 days, and we know that the number can be optimized even further," explains Manuel Vera, Asset Management and Reliability Manager at Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi.

According to Mauricio Carrasco, Wear Products and Conveyor Belt Manager at Metso, providing integrated solutions is a key demand in the mining industry today. "Our customers are familiar with Metso's knowledge and solutions in these types of processes. They know that our service experts have both the field experience and the factory certifications. This kind of an approach comes naturally to us, and it also saves our customers the time of having to coordinate with many different contractors working on the same project," says Carrasco.

The liners covered in Poly-Cer® are designed to be resistant to strong abrasion even with a high material tonnage and at high speeds. Compared to the classic liner design, Poly-Cer® is designed to increase liner wear life thanks to greater resistance, with an estimated operation of more than 150 days from change-out. This lining is usually up to ten times more wear-resistant than its steel counterpart and combines the best properties of ceramic (1400 HB) and rubber to offer high wear resistance and to effectively absorb impacts.

Mining company Doña Inés de Collahuasi is Chile's third largest producer of copper. It specializes in the extraction and production of copper concentrate and copper cathodes as well as molybdenum concentrate.

Metso is the world's leading industrial company in the mining and aggregates industries and in the flow control business. Our knowledge, people and solutions help drive sustainable improvements in performance and profitability in our customers' businesses.

Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety. Our products range from mining and construction equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our solutions are delivered and supported by decades of process knowledge and a broad scope of services backed by a global footprint of over 90 service centers, thousands of service employees, and an extensive logistics network.

Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2014, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.7 billion. Metso employs approximately 14,000 industry experts in more than 50 countries. Expect results.

For more information, please contact:

Eduardo Nilo: Vice President, Services Operational Hub Pacific Rim Vice President, Services Sales South Cone, Metso, Tel. +56 9 99690665

Aldo Cermenati: Senior Vice President Pacific Rim Market Area, Minerals, Metso, Tel. +56 9 84095286

Jussi Ollila, Vice President, Global Communications, Metso Corporation, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, Email: jussi.ollila@metso.com