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Metso Paper to deliver ValFormer technology-based fluting line to Nine Dragons Paper Industries

Under a deal concluded in 2006, Metso Paper will deliver a light fluting production line to Chinese Nine Dragons Paper Industries (Taicang). The PM 21, which will be delivered to Taicang near Shanghai and is due for start up in 2008, will use the latest ValFormer technology. Says Hannu Pietilä, Vice President, Sales: "The customer wants to be a technology leader. Metso's ValFormer is at the cutting edge and has already proven itself. ValFormer technology utilizes a vacuum shoe on the top side of the sheet and significantly improves the quality properties and runnability of board."

In addition to an entire board machine, Metso's delivery includes an efficient old corrugated containers (OCC) recycled board line, auxiliary equipment and runnability systems for the machine, and on-site services.

The 7.25-m-wide PM 21 produces fluting material with a basis weight of between 70 and 90 g/m². The machine's design speed is 1400 m/min. According to Jouko Luoma, Metso's Project Manager, design work on the machine is at an advanced stage, and production will begin this spring. "The aim is to start the line up in 2008. I believe that, through efficient co-operation with the customer, we will reach our target."

Established in 1995 and listed in the Hong Kong Exchanges in 2006, Nine Dragons Paper is China's largest producer of containerboard. Its two mills, in Dongguan and Taicang, the combined annual production capacity will reach 5.35 million tons by mid-2007. The Taicang mill, which was established in 2002, currently has four machines and is expected to continue expanding rapidly.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its 25,500 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. www.metso.com

For further information, please contact: Project Manager Jouko Luoma Tel. +358 40 558 6971 jouko.luoma@metso.com