Metso has decided to close the Isithebe foundry in South Africa by the end of September. The decision affects approximately 200 workers at the foundry.

“Our strategy is to utilize synergies of the most-efficient manufacturing and sourcing opportunities globally to ensure the best value, availability and quality for our customers,” said Sami Takaluoma, president, Minerals Consumables, Metso. “After careful evaluation of all opportunities for Isithebe, discontinuing the operation was identified as the only feasible solution.”

Metso’s foundries produce metallic wear part castings for the mining business. In addition to Isithebe, Metso has five of its own foundries globally and an extensive network of external suppliers.