Outotec Expands Australian Service Center

Outotec is aiming to accommodate the mineral processing technology needs of its customers
in the burgeoning Austalasia and Asia-Pacific mining regions by expanding its Australian service center.
Minerals processing technology specialist Outotec announced that it is further expanding its Australian service center, which is one of an integrated network of more than 10 similar Outotec centers. The Australian center is focused on key areas such as process audits and optimization, preventative maintenance, upgrades, spare parts management and training.

Operating from bases in Sydney and Perth with a core of 28 specialist staff, it has been expanded and structured to provide vital skills at a time of unprecedented demand for them throughout Australasia and the Asia-Pacific, said Neil Jagger, managing director. The expansion, Jagger explained, is a key component of Outotec’s charter to deliver to clients “More Out of Ore.”

“In addition to having more than 10 service centers on six continents, Outotec will maintain its position at the forefront of innovation globally with two in-house research centers, eight laboratories and four test plants,” said Jagger. Outotec generated annual sales of €740 million in 2006.

“We are investing strongly in the skills and facilities of the Australian service center as many companies are urgently looking to outsource roles previously managed on-site,” said Jagger. “Outotec can draw on a wealth of experience and expertise in areas such as thickening, flotation, comminution, analyzers, automation and physical separation.”

With current industry shortages of skilled labor, sites are increasingly focused on areas where their plants, processes and personnel skills can be improved, according to Outotec. Resulting benefits can include optimized processes and greater profitability, reduced risk of breakdowns, increased technology life, increased safety and motivated plan personnel. “There are many scenarios where our service center can lessen the load on sites For example, some do not have easy access to accurate parts information,” said Jagger. “This can be a nightmare, sometimes resulting in wrong parts being ordered Some spares, particularly those with long lead times, are critical to preventing prolonged downtime. Our spares department offers site-specific spares lists, assisting maintenance planners with comprehensive inventory control and ensuring prompt supply of genuine OEM spare parts.”

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