Stock Exchange release April 9, 2001 12:19:58 PM CET

TAPIO KUISMA APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF VALMET AUTOMOTIVE

In view of the retirement of Juhani Riutta, President and CEO of Valmet Automotive, part of Metso Corporation, the Board of Directors of Valmet Automotive has appointed Tapio Kuisma, B.Sc. (Econ), as the new President and CEO from April 9, 2001. Juhani Riutta will continue as Vice Chairman of Valmet Automotive’s Board of Directors.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. Metso's core businesses are divided between Metso Paper (fiber and paper technology), Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.