Stock Exchange release June 24, 2004 09:08:09 AM CET

METSO TO SUPPLY BCTMP AND ROLL FINISHING LINES FOR SHANDONG HUATAI PAPER IN CHINA

Metso Paper will supply a bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) line, a complete bale pulping line and a roll finishing line for Shandong Huatai Paper Co., Ltd., China. The lines are scheduled to start-up in December 2005 in Dong Ying City, Shandong Province.
The pulp line delivery will include chip washing, main-line refining and screening, reject refining, pulp washing, high-consistency bleaching and steam separation. The line will manufacture high-quality BCTMP pulp from poplar for light-weight offset printing paper production.
This is already the third BCTMP line order to Metso Paper from the Shandong Province within the past 12 months.
The roll finishing line delivery includes two winders, a parent reel cart, wrapping machine and roll handling system. The trim width of the winders is 9.8 meters. The roll wrapping and handling systems are designed for a capacity of 160 rolls/hour. The world's first OptiStream roll finishing line will be supplied to the new PM 11 newsprint machine.
Shandong Huatai Paper ordered a winder and roll wrapping and handling systems for their PM 9 from Metso Paper in 2001.
Shandong Huatai Paper's mill is located in the lower reaches of the Yellow River and the eastern region of the North China plains. The company has several paper machines and produces newsprint, fine paper, special printing papers, coated board and tissue.
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 2003, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.3 billion. Metso has approximately 26,000 employees in 50 countries. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.