Stock Exchange release May 13, 2003 12:12:21 PM CET

Metso to rebuild Stora Enso's paper machine in France

Metso Paper will rebuild Stora Enso's LWC paper machine in Corbehem, France. The modernization will improve the machine's paper quality and operating speed. The start-up of the rebuilt machine will take place during 2004. The value of the order is approximately EUR 30 million.
With a wire width of 9.7 meters, Corbehem PM 5, which was originally supplied by Voith in 1990, is one of the largest LWC paper machines in the world. Metso Paper's delivery will include a headbox, a gap former, a shoe press, blow boxes, tail threading equipment and air dryers. The rebuild will increase the machine's operating speed from the existing 1,200 m/min to 1,500 m/min.
The Stora Enso Corbehem mill located in northern France produces annually approximately 500,000 tons of LWC paper on its three machines.
Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket and 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.