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Blog: Celebrating 150 years of results

In 2018, we are celebrating 150 years of results together. Our anniversary theme is: “We shape and make history together.”

Every journey has its start, though it isn’t always where you might think. Metso Corporation was created through the merger of Valmet and Rauma in 1999, yet this is only one point on a journey that began a long ago. Our roots on the Rauma side can be tracked all the way to 1868, when the Sunds Bruk ironworks was established in Sweden. In fact, many of the companies that have helped form what Metso is today started their stories already in the 19th century. 

During its 150 years of history, Metso has evolved through a series of mergers, acquisitions and divestments, anticipating and adapting to the changes in our and our customers’ operating environment. With operations in 50 countries and 12,000 dedicated professionals, we are today a truly global industrial company. 

Metso 150 years

At the forefront of industrial innovations 

To celebrate our 150-year journey, we took a deep dive into our past and recorded some of the key moments in a timeline on our website. But before you go and see it, we’d like to offer you a quick glimpse at some selected highlights of our journey to this day.

During our 150 years, we have been in many businesses, ranging from steam machines, locomotives, car contract manufacturing, forest machines, and pulp and paper machines, to valves, metal recycling, and solutions for rock and mineral crushing and screening to name but a few. We’ve come a long way, trimming and adapting our offering, and now focusing on solutions and services for the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries.

Rock and minerals – important ingredients for modern life

One of our 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 the growing population and urban areas. 

The first innovations that kicked off mechanical crushing and screening processes in the mines and quarries were introduced already in the 1800s. Bruno Nordberg, a Finnish migrant who settled in Michigan in the US, developed some of the first crushing equipment before the turn of the century. Nordberg Manufacturing Company also later acquired the Symons cone crusher business, an innovation that revolutionized crushing practices in the mines and quarries. Bergeaud & Bruno was established in France, Mâcon, in 1895 to manufacture crushing equipment, and Lokomo produced its first jaw crushers at the beginning of the 1920s in Tampere, Finalnd. These pioneers in the industry became part of Rauma’s knowledge pool, incorporated in Metso since 1999.

The merger of Svedala Industri Ab into Metso in 2001, and the introduction of solutions like primary gyratory crushers, vertical shaft impactors and the famous Allis Chalmers grinding mills to the portfolio, was elemental in the creation of a full-scope offering for crushing and screening. Thanks to our strong installed base and close cooperation with our customers and partners, we have been able to continuously develop our services, equipment and systems to best meet the needs of the industry. Our latest innovations – like the Metso Life Cycle Services, MegalinerTM mill linings, Metso MXTM Multi-Action cone crushers and Lokotrack® Urban™ jaw crushing plants – respond to our customers’ evolving needs and have quickly gained recognition around the world.

From efficient flow of natural resources to recycling 

We are probably the only company in the world that can say that we’ve been providing equipment and services for the recycling business for 100 years. With the importance of the circular economy increasing, efficient recycling processes are more important than ever. Today, we can provide the necessary equipment and services to handle virtually every type of waste and scrap metal. Our metal recycling offering rests on a strong platform built on the LindemannTM, Texas ShredderTM and N-SeriesTM technology, covering a wide range of efficient solutions for the fragmentation, compaction and separation of virtually every type of metal scrap. We are also one of the world’s leading suppliers of solid waste recycling equipment, thanks to the acquisition of M&J Industries in Denmark in 2010.

Flow control plays an important role in various process industries. Our customers’ plants are often located close to urban areas, and they need to run safely and reliably, placing strict requirements for the valve solutions used in the processes. Our flow control solutions are based on the NelesTM and JamesburyTM brands, which both have a history extending to mid 1900’s. Today, we provide a good variety of industry-leading valve and valve control solutions to pulp and paper, petrochemical and chemical, oil and gas processing and LNG, industrial gas, power and refining industries.

The cryogenic valve test centre at Metso Valve technology center

Shaping and making history together

When studying our history, it is incredible to see how global we are – not only measured by our current operating countries and customers around the world, but also from the point of view of the company’s origins and innovations. Today, we have a global pool of knowledge to draw on and grow from. It is our diversity and skill to combine and utilize the knowledge from all corners over of world that makes us strong, trusted and successful. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and partners for their confidence in us, and we look forward to our next projects. Big thanks also go to our employees and shareholders. Let’s continue to shape and make history together.  


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