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Normet Introduces new technologies for sustainable and green mining and invests into factory expansion in Iisalmi, Finland

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Normet SmartDrive, a fully electric offering for mining and tunneling construction was launched at Bauma exhibition last week. The fully electric technology on all SmartDrive fully electric battery-operated machines is sustainable and green.

The SmartDrive design is a sophisticated and fully engineered battery electric architecture operating underground totally emission-free and saving costs at the same time. Normet also presented the SmartScan 3D laser scanning technology to validate the spraying quality and SmartSpray, the next step towards fully automated concrete spraying technology. The new offering gives Normet customers a new option for safe, sustainable and productive mining and tunnel construction. The customer feedback on new offering has been overwhelmingly positive.

Normet is also investing into Iisalmi production. The demand is expected to grow both for fully electric and diesel-powered machines. The total short-term investment will be around 4 million Euros, continued with a next phase. The investment will be spent on building a new digital testing center, expanding the production capability and investing into production automation. The target is to improve productivity in Iisalmi to ensure both competitiveness and to have manufacturing capacity to support business growth.

“Iisalmi is Normet’s main production and global research and development site. We want to ensure we have the best technological capabilities and the most advanced offering to strengthen our position as a global technology leader in our business segments. Streamlining the manufacturing process and increasing productivity is also critical to ensure our competitiveness going forward”, says Kari Hämäläinen, SVP Equipment Business Line.
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