Stock Exchange release June 14, 2005 01:02:53 PM CET

Metso to supply a pulp drying line upgrade to Ripasa, Brazil

Metso Paper will supply an upgrade to the new pulp drying line at Ripasa S/A Celulose e Papel's mill in Limeira, the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, already before the start-up of the original line. The upgrade will increase production capacity from the originally planned 760 tons per day to 1,000 tons per day of bleached eucalyptus pulp. Start-up of the line is scheduled for November 2005. The value of the order is less than EUR 10 million.
Metso Paper's additional deliveries for the pulp drying machine will include an MB-former, a suction roll and a lump breaker into the wet end, six new drying decks into the dryer section and a double overlapping and wrapper running possibility into the cutter section. For the baling line, the additional machinery will include a sheet wrapper applying machine and a tying machine. The trim width of the drying machine is 3,900 mm and the upgraded design speed will be 220 m/min.
Ripasa S/A Celulose e Papel ordered the original pulp drying line from Metso Paper for its Limeira mill in June 2004.
Ripasa S/A Group is among 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 plantations. The ownership of Ripasa is split 50/50 between VCP and Suzano.
Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 22,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

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