Metso 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. Globally, Metso has sold over 7,000 Lokotracks.
Hugo van Benthem, Metso’s distribution manager in Germany commented how their German customers showed instant interest in the crushing plant concept “after the commercial production started in the Tampere works, Finland in 1985. In Germany, customers noticed quickly that the track-mounted units are more economical while the crusher could be moved to the rocks.”
The first Lokotrack deliveries to Germany in late 1980s often included two-stage plants for crushing and screening in hard rock quarries. A typical combination was a tracked LT100 jaw and LT1100 cone plant. A 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 all customer segments, from light, easy-to-transport contracting and recycling plants to sturdy, high-capacity mobile quarrying crushers. Our German customers also like Metso’s in-the-pit primary crushing concept with jaw plant connected to a mobile conveyor system,” explains Joachim Höft, Metso’s sales manager in Germany.
A family company with long experience of Lokotracks
Andres Erdarbeiten GmbH is a family owned company with Diethardt Andres as the owner and managing director. Based in Mendig, Rheinland-Pfalz, the company was founded in 1993 and deploys activities in quarrying, contract crushing, recycling, transport, soil handling and processing. The company has successfully operated Lokotrack LT105 jaw and LT200HP cone plants for over a decade in varying applications from tough basalt through to recycling of mixed demolition waste. Besides crushing for building materials, Andres Erdarbeiten’s stone saw plant processes the top-quality basalt to accurately pre-programmed dimensions for stairways, kitchen tops and decorative applications.
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