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Metso Paper rebuilt Stora Enso Varkaus PM 3 started up after modernization

Stora Enso Varkaus paper machine PM 3 restarted on December 13th, 2007 after a major rebuild. The rebuilt machine will be capable of producing 315,000 metric tons of envelope paper and uncoated fine paper per year. The purpose of the rebuild was to boost both machine capacity and product quality.

Metso Paper supplied a new former and rebuilt the machine’s forming and press sections for higher sheet dryness. The dryer section of PM 3 was equipped with a new tail threading system and runnability components matching its new production targets. Ropeless tail threading through the size press was also added.

The finishing section of PM 3 was upgraded with a totally new winder designed specifically for uncoated fine paper grades and envelope grades and with an off-machine winder.

Stora Enso is an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company engaged in the production of newsprint, magazine paper, fine paper, consumer board, industrial packaging and wood products. Stora Enso’s 2006 net sales totaled EUR 14.6 billion. The Stora Enso group of companies has some 44,000 employees in more than 40 countries on five continents. The Varkaus, Finland mill of Stora Enso produces approximately 600,000 metric tons of wood-containing printing paper and wood-free fine paper per year.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its more than 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and select other industries.

For additional information please contact:

Olavi Kupari, Project Manager, Paper and Board business line, Metso Paper Phone: +358 40 547 1954, E-mail: [email protected]