Stock Exchange release September 21, 2000 09:05:00 AM CET

METSO'S OFFER FOR SVEDALA INTO A SECOND PHASE IN EU


Metso Corporation's application for clearance of its public offer for Svedala Industri AB has been extended into the second phase of the EU's review procedure.

Metso has announced on 18 September about its decision to extend the acceptance period for its offer until 30 November 2000. Metso expects to be able to address any competition concerns. Metso may decide on a further extension of the acceptance period should it be required.

With the exception of the extension of the acceptance period, the terms of the offer by Metso to the shareholders in Svedala Industri AB, announced on 21 June 2000, are unchanged (offer document dated 7 July 2000).

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. In addition to fiber and paper technology, Metso's business areas are automation and control technology, and machinery. In 1999, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.4 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.