Posted by David Sear
 The opening ceremony of Metso’s new technology center took place on Thursday, 22nd September 2011 in Vantaa, Finland.
Some five hundred guests were invited to attend the evening ceremony, including suppliers, clients and local dignitaries.

They were treated to a splendid gala dinner, featuring some exclusive Finnish cuisine, fine wines from Italy and superb entertainment.

Metso hosted a magnificent gala dinner to celebrate their new Valve Technology Center
Those present were also invited to tour the new factory, which is a model for streamlined production.

Metso has set up dedicated lines for the production of large and small valves, with separate areas for positioners and actuators.

The new center employs about 800 automation professionals. Production works in two shifts at record pace.

A key logistics partner is now also housed in an adjacent plot.

In short, this is a major step forward from the former situation, where production facilities were located in many separate buildings.

Not surprisingly, the President of the Flow Control business in Metso’s Automation business line, Mr Markku Simula, is very pleased with the new centre.

Mr Markku Simula, President, Flow Control, Metso’s Automation business line

“Our current deliveries have increased by half compared with the corresponding period in the previous year. Production is more than 2,500 valves per month, and volumes will be further increased in order to meet the growing global demand,” he said.

Valve World understands that the fastest growing markets for the facility, which specializes in engineered industrial valves, are the Middle East and China.

Strengthening global network

The investment decision to build a new facility in Finland is a continuation of Metso’s strategy to strengthen valve services globally.

In 2010, Metso opened a new technology center in Shanghai, and the company is currently expanding its valve production facilities in the US.

Metso also has high-class industrial valve facilities in Brazil and Germany.

“We supply valves globally to major oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil and Petrobras, and global forestry and paper companies like Stora Enso.”

“Especially companies in the Middle East, Brazil and China have recently invested at an accelerating pace in new production facilities,” explains Simula.

He concluded: “we are continuously improving our services for the oil, gas and process industry as well as for the pulp and paper industry.”

“Our customers’ processes are getting more demanding, and therefore our customers are constantly expecting better solutions and services from us.”

“Now enabled by our new production facility, we have even better possibilities to boost production and develop quality and delivery performance with these high-technology products.”

### Factory Video ###
A video impression of the new plant is available on the Metso website
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