Stock Exchange release June 23, 2003 09:05:10 AM CET

Metso rebuilds a paper machine at UPM-Kymmene Rauma mill

Metso Paper will supply a paper machine rebuild at UPM-Kymmene's Rauma mill. The modernization of the SC paper machine will improve paper quality, machine efficiency and running speed. The rebuilt machine will start up in spring 2004. The value of the order is in excess of EUR 20 million.
The modernization comprises of a new headbox and a wire section as well as modifications in the press section and the dryer section. In addition, Metso Automation will supply a control system for the headbox. With the rebuild, the quality - for example, printability and printing press runnability - will be improved significantly. Machine efficiency will be improved through better runnability and stability. The average running speed will be raised by approximately 150 m/min, and annual capacity by approximately 30,000 tonnes.
The PM 2 was originally supplied by Beloit in 1971. It has a wire width of 9.15 m and a construction speed of 1400 m/min. Valmet rebuilt the machine extensively in 1990.
UPM-Kymmene's Rauma mill has four paper machines, two of which produce light weight coated magazine papers (LWC) while the other two produce supercalendered magazine papers (SC) for offset and rotogravure printing. PM 2 produces SC rotogravure papers, which are used by magazine and directory publishers worldwide. The annual paper production capacity of the Rauma mill is 1.2 million tonnes and the mill employs 1,200 people.

 
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.