Q1.What were the greatest highlights in 2017?
Year 2017 had many highlights in the industry, one of them had to be the launch of the new Metso MX4 cone crusher in Las Vegas, US, at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 industry event. The new cone crusher was warmly welcomed by the industry operators as it promises to provide a giant leap in profitability by cutting operational costs by 10% and enabling 10% higher uptime compared to traditional cone crushers.
An important factor in the design of the MX stems from the international development and team spirit. Metso experts from France, Finland, US, and Brazil combined their knowledge in crushing and screening worldwide to design a global product for any crushing application. I think we can safely say that Metso is devoted to excellence. The brief was fairly simple: use our technical know-how and field experience to design a user-friendly machine to reduce customer OPEX (operating expenses).
Q2. So, how do you think the team has done?
We’ve reached yet another Metso milestone from product design to production to product launch. Based on the enthusiasm over the new technology features in the MX cone crusher offering as well as benchmarked results from our customers all over the world, I think we are on the right track. We can also increase the material value for the customer and production when combined with Metso options, such as VisioRock.
Q3. How did you validate the MX4 design?
The MX is the result of consistent development and about 10,000 hours of crushing testing to establish proven efficiency and performance before it was introduced to the market. Our MX customers increased profitability and uptime in 24/7 crushing.