Stock Exchange release December 18, 2003 09:08:34 AM CET

Metso supplies a tissue making line to Algeria

Metso Paper will supply a tissue making line, including deinking plant to SARL Ouate-Industries in Algeria. The new tissue mill will start up in April 2005. The value of the order is approximately EUR 36 million.
The delivery will consist of a 2.7 m-wide tissue machine, a deinking plant, a roll handling system, a rewinder, process machinery, piping, electrification, field instruments, mill engineering, parts of the utility systems and general ventilation. Furthermore, Metso Automation will supply automation systems for the new plant. Metso Paper will also be responsible for installation supervision and start-up, including training as well as after-start-up service.
The tissue mill will annually produce 25,000 tons of facial tissue, napkins, toilet paper, towel and machine-glazed paper. It will use recycled fiber as its raw material.
SARL Ouate-Industries is a newly established tissue producer, and the first tissue producer in the country. It is a part of the Tonic Emballage Group, which is a major producer of boxboard packagings in Algeria.
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.