Stock Exchange release November 25, 2004 10:02:14 AM CET

Ningbo's giant cartonboard machine starts up in China

Ningbo Xiaogang PM 1 board making line has successfully been started up in Xiaogang, Ningbo, Zhejiang province, P.R. of China. The greenfield board making line delivered by Metso Paper comprises a complete stock preparation system with eight lines for virgin and recycled fiber, a complete board machine with on-machine coating, air systems and mill engineering.
The new line is the largest cartonboard production line in the world with the capacity of
700 000 tpy of white lined chipboard (WLC). The five-ply board line has a trim width of 8,1 m and a design speed of 900 m/min. The line produces Duplex and Triplex grades with a basis weight range of 250 to 450 g/m².
"The start-up target for this giant board machine was very demanding. However, the Metso team together with the Ningbo board machine team responded very well to achieve the challenging goal. The quality of the coated board was saleable from the first roll. This is indeed very promising", says Mr. Anil Kaul, Director of Ningbo.
Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The Corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). In 2003, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.3 billion. Metso has approximately 23,000 employees in over 50 countries. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

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