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Metso appoints McHale Plant Sales Ltd Exclusive Agents in Ireland

Appointment returns the Birdhill-based company to crushing and screening market

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Metso, manufacturer of equipment used in quarrying, mining and oil and gas industries, has appointed McHale Plant Sales as exclusive agent in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for its mobile rock crushing and screening product lines.

From its headquarters in Helsinki, Metso manages a global enterprise which has a presence in 50 countries worldwide serviced by some 16,000 industry experts. Widely regarded as world-leader in the manufacture of crushing and screening equipment, the company had sales of EUR 3.7 billion in 2014.

Under the new arrangement with McHale, the Birdhill-based company begins selling Metso products with immediate effect with primary focus on the acclaimed Lokotrack mobile crushing and screening plants, equipment that McHale believes will have significant appeal for Irish customers.

The appointment sees McHale Plant Sales return to the crushing and screening market - one in which the company previously enjoyed success. Noting the strong foothold that the company has within the quarrying, construction and civil works sectors - due principally to its work as distributors of Komatsu - its new role returns McHale to a position whereby it can plan for future growth built on its very considerable experience and knowledge of the crushing and screening market.

Describing their appointment as one that 'rekindles our long-standing involvement in the crushing and screening market', McHale Plant Sales managing director, Michael McHale said 'the Metso product line gives us a premium product offering that fits perfectly into our operation and adds considerably to the value we can bring to customers.'

The expertise that McHale Plant Sales has within the sector is seen by Metso as a feature that should advance its market position in Ireland. This is especially significant at a time when the Irish economy is showing strong signs of recovery with some very significant infrastructural projects currently in the pipeline.

Metso's Lokotrack mobile crushers and screens offer true mobility, high efficiency, quality end products and reliable operation and are engineered and built to work together seamlessly in a wide range of quarry and contracting applications. The new partnership with McHale will offer a superior level of local product support to existing and new customers.

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During the start-up phase, both parties will support the appointment through a number of initiatives. On the Metso side, factory support in customer-focused areas such as spare parts supply logistics, technical training and product knowledge communication. On the McHale side, a key objective will be to undertake activities that will increase awareness of Metso crushing and screening on the Irish market. Included in the measures planned is the opening in June of a high-profile Metso centre at Rathcoole, close to Dublin city.

One of Ireland's leading construction plant and civil works machinery distributors, McHale Plant Sales has roots within the sector that date back to the 1950s. Last year, it celebrated its 20th anniversary as Komatsu distributor in Ireland. The company also has significant interests in the agricultural and materials handling sectors.

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