Press release August 1, 2017 01:00:00 PM CET

Metso's HRC3000 at Freeport-McMoRan's copper mine reaches a major production milestone

Metso's HRCTM3000 at Freeport-McMoRan's copper mine reaches a major production milestone

Metso Corporation's press release on August 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EET

Metso and Freeport-McMoRan celebrated an impressive milestone in Q2, 2017 as the new HRCTM3000, the world's largest operating high-pressure grinding roll, at the Metcalf Concentrator crushed its 100,000,000th short ton of ore.

Reaching one hundred million short tons of crushed ore is a significant milestone for the world's largest operating high-pressure grinding roll. Due to its capacity, the HRCTM3000 reached this milestone in less than three years. The HRCTM3000 began operating in May 2014 at the Metcalf Concentrator at Freeport-McMoRan's copper mine in Morenci, Arizona, USA. Morenci is an open-pit copper mining complex that has been in continuous operation since 1939.

The HRCTM3000 is the largest unit of its kind in the world, allowing for fewer lines of equipment which reduces the amount of ancillary equipment. The HRCTM3000 is the first full scale HPGR to incorporate revolutionary design features such as the flanged tire design and the patented Arch-frame. Metso's solution has provided the Morenci mine with several benefits, including an estimated 13.5% increase in energy efficiency over traditional HPGRs based on pilot scale testing.

Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland, and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 persons in more than 50 countries. Expect results., 

For further information, please contact:

Victoria Herman, Product Manager, HRCTMHigh Pressure Grinding Rolls, Metso. Tel. +1 7 17 849 7241, email:

Stephanie Kaminski, Head of Marketing and Communications - North America, Metso. Tel. +1 412 269 5298, email:

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Global Communications, Metso Corporation, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, Email:

Metso's HRCTM3000 high-pressure grinding roll is the largest unit of its kind.

Metso team members sport shirts to commemorate the HRCTM3000 crushing its 100,000,000th short ton of ore with an equation to symbolize the important milestone.

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