Epiroc held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new heat treatment plant for rock drills in Örebro, Sweden. The top-modern heat treatment plant, which will be built through an expansion of the current workshop, will further boost rock drill quality and performance, according to the company. It will also enable higher production volumes.

“The investment is a key step toward ensuring that this first-class manufacturing site remains as productive and competitive as possible for the long term,” said Helena Hedblom, senior executive vice president mining and infrastructure for Epiroc.

Production at the 1,400-m² heat treatment plant will be able to run 24 hours a day thanks to automation. It is expected to be up and running by late 2020. Energy efficiency is a key focus for the design. Residual heat, for example, will be recycled internally to heat other buildings.