Stock Exchange release October 20, 2008 07:30:00 AM CET
Metso negotiates with Aracruz about the new implementation schedule of the Guaíba pulp project
Metso Corporation's Company release on October 20, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.
Metso's customer Aracruz has announced that they will temporarily suspend the expansion of its plant in Guaíba in Brazil. In late August Metso told that it had won an order for the main technology for Aracruz's new 1.5-million-tons/yr bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) pulp line, to be built at their Guaíba mill in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The new pulp line was scheduled to start up during the second half of 2010. The order is valued at close to EUR 400 million.
Metso is currently negotiating with Aracruz about the new implementation schedule of the Guaíba project. Metso is continuing work, within the cost frame covered by the down payment received from Aracruz, in order to allow an easy restart of the project.
Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2007 net sales of over EUR 6 billion. Its over 27,000 employees in approximately 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.
Further information for the press, please contact:
Bertel Langenskiöld, President, Metso Paper, tel. +358 20 484 3200
Further information for investors, please contact:
Johanna Sintonen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3253
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