Stock Exchange release December 14, 2005 09:01:22 AM CET

Metso to supply world's highest capacity pulp drying line to Suzano Bahia Sul in Brazil

 
Metso Paper will deliver a pulp drying line including three complete baling lines to Suzano Bahia Sul Papel e Celulose S.A. in Brazil. The world's highest capacity drying line is a part of Suzano Bahia Sul's expansion project at the Mucuri mill in the state of Bahia. The value of the order is approximately EUR 100 million. Start-up is scheduled for the second half of 2007.
 
Metso Paper's scope of delivery includes bleached stock screening, wet-end, dryer, high-speed cutter and three baling lines. The line will include the largest airborne dryer ever built, and the production of the line will be highest ever made on a single drying line. The trim width of the drying line will be 9,990 mm and the production capacity 3,340 tons of eucalyptus pulp per day.
 
Additionally, Metso Paper will provide engineering, procurement and construction services (EPC). A significant part of the delivery will be locally manufactured and pre-assembled in Metso's production facilities in Sorocaba, Brazil.
 
The Brazilian company Suzano Bahia Sul Papel e Celulose S.A. manufactures eucalyptus pulp, paperboard, as well as both coated and uncoated wood-free printing and writing paper. The company's current paper and paperboard production capacity is 820,000 tons per year and pulp production capacity is about 1.1 million tons per year.
 
Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 22,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.
 
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For further information, please contact:
Jukka Sämpi, Senior Vice President, Pulp Drying, Fiber Business Line, Metso Paper, tel. +358 204 82 9843
Pär-Erik Larsson, Area Vice President, Fiber Business Line, Metso Paper, tel. + 55 15 2102 9816
Johanna Sintonen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3253