Metso expands with automation tech specialist

Metso is to acquire an Australian company that specialises in control systems, automation and electrical technology for bulk material handling equipment and processes.

A bulk material processing facility Metso expects to complete the acquisition of Brouwer Engineering this quarter. (PHOTO: Metso)

The manufacturer recently signed a deal to purchase Perth-based Brouwer Engineering, which was founded in 2001 and is said to have extensive design and development experience with all key software and hardware platforms.

The move is designed to strengthen Metso’s services in the region, by enabling it to offer a “more comprehensive range” of products to customers in the aggregates, mining and mineral processing sectors.

Sami Takaluoma, President of Metso’s Services business area, said: “This acquisition is an important step toward Metso Services’ ambition to strengthen our automation and control capabilities.

“Brouwer’s expertise complements Metso’s capabilities in large mechanical upgrade projects. Together, we will offer comprehensive service packages for bulk material handling equipment upgrades and ensure fast commissioning.

“We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues to Metso, and we look forward to starting a journey of collaboration to become our industry’s preferred services provider.”

While the value of the acquisition was not disclosed, Metso expects to complete the transaction next month (August 2023).

Commenting on the buyout, Hu Sciberras, Managing Director at Brouwer Engineering, said: “We are excited about the acquisition and the opportunities it will bring.

“The acquisition is a great opportunity for our employees to leverage their technical expertise and as a part of Metso, our offering can be scaled up globally.”

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