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Metso continues to strengthen its service business in China: Guangzhou Service Center inaugurated

Metso has celebrated the inauguration of its new service center in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on January 8th. The new greenfield service center has been operational since November 2008. It provides advanced services to the pulp and paper industry in Southern China.

Metso's Guangzhou Service Center has a fully-equipped roll service workshop capable of supplying rolls, roll covers and mechanical roll maintenance services for all makes and sizes of pulp and paper machinery. The center also offers a comprehensive range of spare parts and mill site services.

Strengthening local service operations is a vital part of Metso's continuing commitment and support to the Chinese pulp and paper industry. In line with this commitment, Metso has steadily been increasing its local presence in China. Metso opened its first Service Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province in 2001. The Wuxi Service Center has recently doubled its roll service capacity by opening an extension in October 2007. A third service center for the Chinese pulp and paper industry is currently being built in Zibo, Shandong province. The stone laying for the new Zibo center was celebrated in November 2008.

The Chinese pulp and paper industry has made substantial investments in new machinery and technology over the past ten years. Metso has been involved in many of these projects and is currently the industry's leading technology supplier.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have over 28,000 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com

For more information, please contact: Xie Daorong, General Manager, Metso Paper, China, Service Tel. +86 510 8522 5939, Mobile +86 139 515 80902 daorong.xie@metso.com