Stock Exchange release October 1, 2003 10:01:06 AM CET

METSO CHOSEN FOR A NEW SUSTAINABILITY INDEX

Metso has been chosen for the new Kempen/SNS Smaller Europe SRI Index. 69 enterprises from 12 countries have been chosen for the Kempen/SNS Smaller Europe SRI Index. Some 1,700 European enterprises were evaluated on the basis of business ethics, personnel management and environmental responsibility.
The Kempen/SNS Smaller Europe SRI Index is published for the first time on 1 October 2003. Established by Kempen Capital Management and SNS Asset Management, the index assesses the sustainability of small European enterprises and helps them apply the principles of sustainable development in practice.
 
Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The Corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). In 2002, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.7 billion and the personnel totaled approximately 28,500. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.