Stock Exchange release March 22, 2006 08:32:11 AM CET

Metso to supply pulping line to Bahia Pulp in Brazil

 
Metso Paper will supply a pulping line for the Brazilian dissolving pulp producer, Bahia Pulp. The new fiber line will start up during the third quarter of 2007. The value of the order is not disclosed.
 
The scope of Metso Paper's delivery will cover a complete new line from cooking to ready reeled or baled pulp. The value of this type of fiber lines ranges from EUR 50 to EUR 100 million, depending of the scope of delivery and the production capacity. The order is a part of Bahia Pulp's USD 375 investment to triple its dissolving pulp production capacity from the current 115,000 tons per year to 365,000 tons per year.
 
Bahia Pulp owns 150,000 hectares of sustainable eucalyptus plantations serving its production of bleached dissolving pulp based on ecalyptus urophylla as the raw material. Upon completion of the expansion, Bahia Pulp will be able to produce standard grade dissolving pulp as well as specialty pulp for high-end market segments. These include acetate pulps and pulps used in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries.
 
The Bahia Pulp mill (formerly known as Bacell S.A.) is located approximately 50 km from Salvador, the capital of the Bahia State. The company belongs to the Sateri International Group, a leading integrated manufacturer of viscose fiber and dissolving pulp with a global customer base and total assets of approximately USD 500 million.
 
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.
www.metso.com
 
For further information, please contact:
Hannu Hakamäki, Deputy President, Fiber Business Line, Metso Paper,
tel. +358 204 829801
 
Luiz Fonseca, Area President, Metso Paper South America,
tel. +55 15 2102 9800
 
Johanna Sintonen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation,
tel. +358 204 84 3253