Research and Development

Adding value to our customers' underground process

Normet's R&D teams develop our products constantly to add value to our customers' underground processes.


New ideas are generated and products developed in close partnership with our customers. Customers are an inseparable part of all stages of development projects to create safe, easy to operate and productive equipment.

Normet's R&D network consists of partners in:

  • Fundamental research
  • Automation development
  • Industrial design and engineering

Development projects start with idea creation and filtering, collecting good ideas and establishing a new product development (NPD) project. The NPD project then follows a systematic Stage-Gate process:


Standardised and modular platforms with the state of the art control system answer every need, from basic transporters to fully automated self-propelled rock support machines. The platform themselves are continuously being developed.

Throughout our standardised development and engineering processes, we use state-of-the-art software for:

  • Full 3D mechanical design
  • Electrical and hydraulics design
  • Stability and strength calculations

All product structure and lifetime data are collected globally and managed with a PDM / PLM (Product Data Management / Product Lifetime Management) system.

Modern simulation tools are used in developing new technologies, ergonomics, energy efficiency, equipment communication and monitoring.

Our main equipment manufacturing facility and R&D centre is located in Iisalmi, Finland.


All across the world, Normet has testing capabilities and experts dedicated to constantly developing the construction chemicals range to ensure that the products are up to date with the latest technology, while enhancing safety and reducing environmental impact.

We believe in actively contributing to this industry's quest to leave lighter footprints on our earth. We recognise the importance of manufacturing and supplying quality solutions that have minimal environment impact, and we ensure the safest system for miners and operatives in their daily work. Our research and development ethos is to promote increasingly safer and environmentally sound construction chemicals solutions.

We support our customers through our R&D Global Centre in the UK, and satellite R&D activities worldwide, as well as with our state-of-the-art logistics solutions.

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