Epiroc, a leading productivity provider for the mining and infrastructure industries worldwide, has announced a major expansion of its production facilities in Örebro, Sweden.
Following a series of recent investments in Örebro, Epiroc is preparing the construction of a new, 10,000 sqm building that will host assembly operations and offices. The new facility will be inaugurated in phases starting in 2021.
“Our assembly plant in Örebro for surface drilling equipment already stands out as one Epiroc’s most efficient facilities,” explains Jonas Albertson, President Rocktec Division and Managing Director, Epiroc Rock Drills AB.
“This expansion into a new building will cut transport times between different sites in Örebro, improve our logistics flow and enable us to serve customers in a faster, even more efficient way,” he continues, adding that consolidation of operations is a key strategic aim.
Strengthening the hub
Örebro is the headquarters for no fewer than four of Epiroc’s seven global divisons and is a production hub employing 2,250 people out of a total workforce of 14,000 employees. The company’s sights are now firmly set on future development.
In the summer of 2018, Epiroc inaugurated a new office building in Örebro that won the “Building of the Year” prize awarded by Örebro Municipality. Then, in May 2019 Epiroc held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new heat treatment plant that will run on a 24-hour basis when it comes on stream in late 2020.
“All of these investments are focused on strengthening our long-term presence and capacity in Örebro. The automated heat treatment plant will secure our position at the forefront of technology and materials development. It will boost the performance of rock drills and increase production volumes,” Albertson points out.
The importance of consolidating manufacturing close to R&D activities is another reason for continued investments in Örebro.
“We adapt our portfolio to customer demand on a running basis. Most of our rock excavation equipment is customised, which means that being close to our R&D operations here in Sweden is crucial in order to avoid complexity in manufacturing,” he concludes.
Bright future for Örebro
Epiroc (formerly Atlas Copco) has been intrinsically linked to Örebro since 1951 and the site has been the company’s largest production facility for drilling equipment since 1992, when operations moved from Stockholm.
According to Victor Sunnliden, Head of Investment at Business Region Örebro, Epiroc’s recent wave of investments demonstrates the region’s continued industrial capacity and importance as a logistics hub for leading manufacturers.
“Many of Epiroc’s innovations were born in the workshops in Örebro. We are very proud to be able to continue to attract the best and brightest talents in equipment manufacturing and software development to the region, as Epiroc gears up for the future.”
Epiroc is a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries. With cutting-edge technology, the company develops and produces innovative equipment, consumables and service for use in surface and underground mining, infrastructure, civil works, well drilling and geotechnical applications.
The company has 14,000 employees worldwide and product development and manufacturing units in Sweden, the United States, Canada, Germany, China and India.