Stock Exchange release December 14, 2006 11:12:04 AM CET

Metso invests EUR 15 million to strengthen paper machine roll delivery capacity

Metso Paper is expanding the production capacity of paper machine rolls, and will build a new production line for big, wide castings in Jyväskylä, Finland. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 15 million. The new production line will enable roll castings up to 12 meters in width. The investment will also shorten the lead times and improve occupational safety at the foundry.
 
The demand for wide paper machines has developed favorably in recent years. In addition to new paper machines, rolls are needed in the modernizations and rebuilds of the installed machines. Large paper machine rolls are one of the most demanding components in a paper machine. Metso Paper has developed the manufacturing know-how and machinery in the Jyväskylä plant over a number of years to meet the needs of roll manufacturing.
 
 
Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 23 000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.
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For further information, please contact:

Jorma Lusma, Senior Vice President, Production, Metso Paper, tel. +358 204 82 7001
Erkki Rytky, Vice President, Production Development, Metso Paper, tel. +358 204 82 6300