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Construction starts on Metso’s polymer filter plate factory in Mexico

Metso has broken ground on its first polymer filter plate factory, in Irapuato, Mexico.

A render of Metso's new filter plate factory in Mexico.
A render of Metso's new filter plate factory in Mexico.

A €28 million investment in the filter plate factory was announced last September. Earlier this year, Metso decided to make an additional investment of €9 million, which will increase the new factory’s planned production capacity by 30%. With these investments, Metso is increasing its capacity to deliver high-quality polymer filter plates for its mining customers’ filter presses, in response to global market demand.

“The demand for high-quality filters, filter spares, and services is on the rise,” says Tomas Hakala, Senior Vice President, Beneficiation, Dewatering and Hydrometallurgy Services business line, Metso. “The investment is an important step towards further strengthening Metso’s strong position in mining concentrate and tailings filtration solutions. With the start of construction on this new production facility in Mexico, Metso is committed to continuing to fulfill the increasing capacity demands, while providing our customers with shorter lead times and transportation distances, especially in the Americas.”

The first filter plates are expected to be manufactured in the second half of 2024 with full production capacity during the first half of 2025. Once fully operational, the factory will have the capacity to serve the full filter portfolio.

Metso has rubber and Poly-Met and screening media factories in the same industrial area in Irapuato, bringing synergies and operative efficiency.

The company has approximately 730 employees working in production, sales and field service in Mexico.