Stock Exchange release June 2, 2004 11:36:05 AM CET


Metso Paper will supply Ripasa S/A Celulose E Papel in Brazil a complete pulp drying line for its Limeira mill, and a rebuild of the board machine for its Ripasa Embu mill. Both the drying line and the rebuilt board machine will start up in mid 2005. The total value of the orders is close to EUR 30 million.
The pulp drying line delivery will include bleached stock screening, wet end, airborne dryer, cutter-layboy and pulp baling systems. The drying line will be dimensioned for a 760 adt a day capacity, and it will have a trim width of 3,900 mm and design speed of 200 m/min. The line will be furnished with combi and shoe presses for optimum dryness prior to the airborne dryer.
The rebuild of the Ripasa Embu's board machine will include a new wire section with headboxes as well as new stock approach systems. The board machine produces folding boxboard grades, and it has a wire width of 2,960 mm and speed of 350 m/min.
For both deliveries, Metso Paper will also provide training, erection and start-up supervision services.
Ripasa S/A Group is one of the biggest pulp, paper and board producers in Brazil. It has four production units in the state of Sao Paulo, as well as vast eucalyptus tree plantations.
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 26,000 employees in 50 countries. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

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