Metso Corp., Helsinki/Finland, reached another significant milestone in Lokotrack sales by delivering the 500th unit sold to Germany at Steinexpo, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe. The LT120 jaw plant was received by Andres Erdarbeiten GmbH, a family-owned crushing, screening and recycling contractor (Figure 1). Globally, Metso has sold over 7,000 Lokotracks.
“Metso’s German customers were interested in the mobile, track-mounted Lokotrack crushing plant concept right away after the commercial production started in the Tampere works in 1985. In Germany, customers noticed quickly that the track-mounted units are more economical while the crusher could be moved to the rocks,” comments the sales success Hugo van Benthem, Metso’s Distribution manager in Germany.
The first Lokotrack deliveries to Germany in late 1980’s included often two-stage plants for crushing and screening in hard rock quarries. A typical combination was a tracked LT100 jaw and LT1100 cone plant. The German company ABAG purchased these units over 30 years ago, and are still running the same crushers, which proves something of the longevity of the Lokotrack range.
“Today, Metso’s Lokotracks used in Germany cover well all customer segments, from light, easy-to-transport contracting and recycling plants to sturdy, high-capacity mobile quarrying crushers. Our German customers like also Metso’s in-the-pit primary crushing concept with jaw plant connected to a mobile conveyor system,” explains Joachim Höft, Sales manager of Metso Germany GmbH.
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