Stock Exchange release June 20, 2005 02:00:35 PM CET

Metso to supply board machine rebuilds to St Regis Paper Company in the UK

Metso Paper will supply equipment for board machine rebuilds to St Regis Paper Company at its Kemsley and Wansbrough mills in the UK. The delivery also includes a support package for plasterboard production development. The total value of the contract will exceed EUR 7 million.
 
The Kemsley PM 3 rebuild includes three new headboxes, one of which is equipped with a dilution control system for profile control, modernization of the fourdrinier wire section, as well as approach flow screens for the short circulation system. The 6-metre-wide machine produces plasterboard and testliner. The modification will be completed in mid 2006.
 
PM 5 of the Wansbrough mill in Watchet, Somerset, will be equipped with a new dilution controlled headbox, a shaker for the breast roll, as well as a screen for the dilution circulation system. The new equipment will be installed in early 2006. After the rebuild, the Wansbrough PM 5 will continue to produce coreboard and testliner whilst being a contingency production unit for plasterboard.
 
St Regis Paper Company is the UK's largest manufacturer and recycler of paper. With a turnover of EUR 390 million per annum and around 2,000 employees, St Regis operates at six mill locations and has the capacity to make more than 1 million tonnes of paper every 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.