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Metso launches NTT, a new tissue paper concept

Based on the results of an extensive R&D project, Metso Paper is launching an innovative process, named Advantage NTT, for making a new category of tissue. The new NTT concept combines high energy efficiency and significantly improved bulk compared to conventional dry crepe, with unique product qualities.

The new, patented Advantage NTT process is based on proven machine technology. It will give tissue makers new tools to develop unique grades to meet the increasing market demands for higher quality bath and facial tissue, handkerchiefs and kitchen towels. The process opens up a new category, textured tissue, which produces a product with high silky softness and bulk.

NTT tissue enables fiber savings due to the 50-80 % increase in bulk as compared to the conventional process. At the same time, the energy input per roll produced can be decreased by up to 20 %, depending on the product made, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of NTT tissue products.

NTT process gives flexibility with respect to product characteristics and energy savings, allowing tissue makers to choose the best solution for their specific market situation. Adding to the flexibility, the configuration can swing to conventional tissue production, at even higher energy savings.

The NTT product, and the patented NTT technology behind it, will officially be launched and demonstrated on the Metso Paper pilot machine at the Tissue Making 2008 conference held on18-19 September in Karlstad, Sweden.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2007 net sales of over EUR 6 billion. Its over 27,000 employees in approximately 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.

For more information, please contact:

Marco Marcheggiani President, Tissue business line, Metso Paper Mobile phone: +1 404 229 7575 or +46 705 171 511

Jan Erikson Vice President, Sales, Tissue business line, Metso Paper Phone: + 46 54 17 1490, mobile phone: +46 70 514 17 90

Ingvar Klerelid Vice President, Product Management, Tissue business line, Metso Paper Phone: +46 54 17 14 13, mobile phone: +46 703 17 14 13