Stock Exchange release January 26, 2005 01:42:58 PM CET

METSO TO SUPPLY A TISSUE MACHINE TO FABRICA DE PAPEL SAN FRANCISCO IN MEXICO

Metso Paper will supply a tissue machine to Fabrica De Papel San Francisco S.A. de C.V., in Mexicali, Mexico. The tissue production line will start up in the third quarter of 2006. The value of the order is not disclosed.
The machine to be delivered will represent the Advantage DCT concept, which is Metso Paper's newest, and cost-efficient tissue machine concept specifically designed for emerging markets. The design speed of the 2.6-m-wide tissue machine is 2,200 m/min.
The new tissue line will use 100 per cent recycled fiber as raw material. The machine will produce 30,000 tons per year dry crepe tissue, which will be used in bathroom tissue, napkins and towels.
Fabrica De Papel San Francisco operates currently two tissue production lines and converting facilities delivering tissue products for the Mexican market.
The Mexican tissue production amounted to approx. 760,000 tons in 2003. During the previous four years the annual production growth has been approx. 4 per cent. The Mexican tissue producers mainly serve the domestic market.
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 23,000 employees in over 50 countries. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.