Metso has agreed to divest Metso Panelboard GmbH, a Hannover, Germany-based supplier of continuous press and energy plants for the panelboard industry, to G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG of Germany. In connection with the divestment, the parties have agreed to pursue cooperation where Metso's front-end, forming and panelhandling technologies will be combined with Siempelkamp's continuous press technology.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value. The transaction is estimated to be closed by the end of September 2007. Metso Panelboard GmbH employs approximately 65 people, who will transfer to Siempelkamp.
Metso Panelboard is a business line within the Metso Paper business area. Following the divestment, Metso Panelboard will remain a major supplier to the global wood-based panels industry, serving its customers through its own sales and aftermarket organization. Its product and solutions offering covers MDF front end systems, particleboard screening and forming solutions, panelhandling systems, as well as solutions for raw-material cleaning and dry-glue blending. The single- and multi-opening press technology used in special product markets, such as the doorskin production process, will also remain Metso's property.
Metso-Siempelkamp cooperation and the divestment agreement are part of Metso Panelboard's ongoing development and restructuring program, which was started in December 2006. The program focuses on enhancing Metso Panelboard's product portfolio and order-to-delivery capabilites as well as improving the operational efficiency of the business.
Siempelkamp Group is a Germany-based, family-owned international supplier of hydraulic presses, press lines and related services to the woodworking, rubber and metal forming industries. The Group is also a supplier of nuclear technology and foundry products. Its net sales in 2006 were EUR 412 million and it employs over 2,000 people.
Metsois a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.
Further information for the press, please contact:
Pentti Välimäki, President, Metso Panelboard, tel. +358 40 500 5009
Further information for investors, please contact:
Johanna Sintonen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3253
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