Stock Exchange release June 14, 2001 12:03:52 PM CET


Metso Paper will supply a linerboard machine to Dong Guan Nine Dragons Paper Industries Co., Ltd of Dong Guan, Guangdong, China. With a capacity of 1,100 tons per day of brown kraft linerboard, it will be the largest linerboard machine in China. Start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the second half of the year 2002.

The Metso Paper delivery will comprise a complete linerboard machine equipped with a three-ply fourdrinier forming section with three hydraulic headboxes, a press section with two shoe presses, a dryer section, a calender and a reel. Also included are mechanical drives and systems for steam, condensate and air handling, shower waters, lubrication and machine automation.

The order will be delivered by Metso Paper's units in Sweden, Finland and China.

The machine will have a wire width of 5,950 mm (234.3 in.) and an electric drive speed of 1,100 m/min (3,281 fpm). The raw material will mainly be recycled AOCC (American old corrugated containers).

The main investor in the project is the U.S.-based company, Chung Nam, Inc. of Pomona, California. The company is the largest exporter of waste paper in the Unites States, providing some 70 to 80 % of the recycled paper need in China. Nine Dragons Paper is one of its production mills, established in 1996. The mill currently supplies some 600,000 tpy of kraft linerboard. Metso Paper supplied the mill with a linerboard machine of almost the same technology last year.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. The 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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