Stock Exchange release March 20, 2006 01:30:41 PM CET

Fidelity International Limited 's holding in Metso decreased to 4.98%

Metso Corporation has been informed about an decrease in the holding of the Fidelity International Limited and its subsidiaries of the paid up share capital of Metso Corporation. On March 16, 2006, Fidelity International Limited and its subsidiaries owned a total of 7,053,113 Metso shares, which corresponds to 4.98 percent of the paid up share capital and voting rights of Metso Corporation. On the basis of the previous announcement, their holding was 5.00 percent on September 14, 2005.
 
 
According to the announcement of Fidelity International Limited, their holdings on March 16, 2006 were as follows:
 
 
 
Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22 000 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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