The Zaporozhye Heavy Crane Plant, a division of the Finnish company Konecranes, announced that its owner has won a multi-year service contract with the Swedish international mining company LKAB. Under the contract, Konecranes will maintain approximately 1,600 sites across four sites in northern Sweden and the Arctic Circle. Konecranes won the deal because of its proven technology and ability to improve customer safety and productivity even in the most challenging conditions.
LKAB mines in northern Sweden are located remotely in severe winter weather, often with temperatures below -20 ° C. At LKAB factories, some of the equipment that needs regular maintenance is located more than a kilometer underground and in other hard-to-reach places. Accurate planning, trouble-free technology and safety are paramount.
“Konecranes was already our supplier in Malmberget and based on this work we agreed to scale up to cover the entire company, including our subsidiaries. The multi-year agreement gives us the opportunity with Konecranes to plan a common long-term maintenance approach for the future, and we look forward to starting the next steps, ”says Johan Rotmalm, contract owner at LKAB.
Konecranes will service industrial gates and lifting equipment at LKAB's facilities in Kiruna and Svappavaara, above the Arctic Circle, as well as lifting equipment at Malmberget and Luleå. The contract also provides access to Konecranes' leading digital tools for smarter service, so LKAB can develop a service plan that will improve uptime.
The agreement underlines Konecranes' leadership in the industry, based on investment in digitalization and technology, and a commitment to helping customers and industries transform to operate more efficiently, sustainably and safely.