Weir Minerals has been selected to supply pumps and equipment for a new zinc processing plant in Garpenberg, Sweden.
The new plant is being built by Swedish mining company Boliden and is a replacement for an existing facility - an upgrade that will double capacity from 1.3 to 2.5 million tonnes of metal ores per year.
Garpenberg is Sweden's oldest mine and is still producing large quantities of zinc - along with smaller amounts of lead and silver.
Weir Minerals will supply the majority of pumps for every application across the plant, requiring a wide range of types and sizes of units to handle the full spectrum of flow rates, pressure requirements and slurry consistencies.
Delivery of the units will begin immediately, but installation and commissioning work is scheduled to take place from spring to autumn 2013.
The contract follows the launch of Weir's first service centre in Scandinavia in March this year, and its acquisition in 2012 of belt-tensioning system manufacturer GEMEX, both of which played a significant part in securing the order.
Tony G Locke, Managing Director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: "We have a long-standing relationship with Boliden and over the years have supplied equipment to their Atik and Tara sites as well as the company's first location in Boliden itself.
However, this is by far our biggest agreement to date and it is the result of the increase in the breadth of our offering and the depth of our customer service support in recent years."
Weir Minerals Europe delivers end-to-end solutions for all mining, transportation, milling, processing and waste management processes across a range of industries and in over 30 different territories.
About The Weir Group PLC
Weir, a FTSE 100 company founded in 1871 and headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, is a global provider of engineering solutions to the minerals, oil and gas and power sectors. Our commitment to engineering excellence, research and customer focus extends equipment wear life and operational capability in some of the world's most challenging environments.
Weir is committed to going where our customers go, with a worldwide network of more than 140 manufacturing facilities and service centres. The business has a presence in more than 70 countries, with over 14,000 staff around the world working in three divisions; Minerals, Oil & Gas and Power & Industrial. Weir's customer base includes the world's largest mining houses, major oil services businesses and nuclear and conventional power generation companies.
Annual revenues were more than £2.25 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services and aftermarket support. Emerging markets contributed 35% of overall Group revenues.
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About Weir Minerals
Weir Minerals employs nearly 6,500 people worldwide, delivering end-to-end solutions for all mining, dewatering, transportation, milling, processing and waste management activities. Weir Minerals has an advanced product range incorporating market leading brands (such as Warman® centrifugal slurry pumps, Geho® PD slurry pumps, Linatex® rubber products, Vulco® wear resistant linings, Cavex® hydrocyclones, Floway® Pumps vertical turbine pumps, Isogate® slurry valves, Multiflo® mine dewatering solutions, Hazleton® specialty slurry pumps, and Lewis® Pumps vertical chemical pumps) covering virtually any application, in any environment. The Weir Minerals global network ensures they are close to their customer wherever they may base their local operations.
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