Stock Exchange release May 8, 2001 11:04:05 AM CET


Metso Paper has received an approx. EUR 20 million order from AssiDomän Frövi mill in Sweden. Metso Paper's chemical pulping lines will supply a digesting process for the production of pulp for bleaching. The rebuilt process is scheduled to operate in the summer of 2002.

The current annual capacity at the mill's bleaching line is approx. 100,000 tonnes bleached pulp of birch and softwood. The new cooking process, comprising of three 300 m³ digesters, is designed for an annual capacity of approx. 175,000 tonnes hardwood or softwood pulp in campaigns. The delivery is a turn-key package excluding civil works and the DCS (distributed control system) hardware.

The investment will enable the mill to improve the high quality of the bleached pulp and also the possibility of future capacity increases. The investment will also lead to cost reductions such as lower energy requirements, lower chemical consumption and higher pulp yield.

AssiDomän's production is focused on packaging paper, packaging, sawn timber and wood processing. The Group is one of Europe's largest listed forest-owning companies with 2.4 million hectares of productive forest land. In 2000, the net turnover were SEK 24, 643 millions and the employee headcount was some 12,000.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. Corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Metso Paper, is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. Metso's other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

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