Stock Exchange release February 17, 2005 09:49:08 AM CET

Metso to supply particleboard line to Slovenia

Metso Panelboard will supply equipment for a continuous particleboard production line to LESNA TIP Otiski Vrh d.d. in Slovenia. The deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2005, and the start-up is scheduled for early 2006. Lesna's total investment is about EUR 20 million, more than half of which goes to the Metso order.
 
Metso Panelboard's delivery will include the equipment and automation for the main production line from dry flake silos to the end of pressing line. Metso Panelboard will also be responsible for the erection of the new line. At full operation, the annual production capacity of the line will be approximately 330,000 cubic meters.
 
LESNA TIP Otiski Vrh d.d., part of the Prevent group of companies, is one of the main particleboard producers in Slovenia. The board is used in furniture and construction industries. The new production line will replace the old pressing line at Lesna TIP's plant in Sentjanz pri Drawograd, Slovenia.
 
Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and in selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 23,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.