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Metso Paper delivered its 1000th FoilForce1 tail threading device to M-real Kirkniemi, Finland

The 1000th FoilForce1-unit in operation at the M-real Kirkniemi paper mill. Operator Sami Heikkinen is being accompanied by Jari Nikkinen, Superintendent of PM 2 (on the left) and Metso Paper's Project Manager Martti Hänninen.

Metso Paper has delivered its 1000th FoilForce1 tail threading device. The state-of-the-art tail threading device was successfully started up on PM 2 of M-real Kirkniemi mill in Finland in June 2007.

The challenging tail threading from the last drying cylinder further to the calender and reel was accomplished with four FoilForce1 units. A single threading sequence now takes the tail through the open calender nip. The new tail threading system has shortened the tail threading times and improved operational reliability and occupational safety in tail threading.The shorter tail threading times contribute to less downtime, enabling marked capacity increases.

The FoilForce1 tail threading system dates back to the year 1999 when the first unit was installed in Aylesford Newsprint mill in Great Britain. The one thousand units delivered by today enable reliable and easy tail threading all around the world.

The PM 2 of M-real Kirkniemi mill is a 7.15 m wide paper machine with an annual capacity of 170,000 tons of coated magazine paper with the brand name Galerie Brite.

M-real is a European paper and board company with more than 14,000 employees in over 70 countries. M-real serves its customers by offering quality papers and boards for consumer packages as well as for communication and advertising solutions. In 2006, the company had a turnover of 5.6 million euros. The shares of M-real, belonging to the Metsäliitto Group, are listed on the OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange.

For further information, please contact: Juha Kallvikbacka, Senior Sales Manager, Paper and Board Machines, Metso Paper, tel. +358 20 482 6898, juha.kallvikbacka@metso.com