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Metso Paper to supply tissue line to Century Pulp and Paper in India

Metso Paper will supply a complete Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine to Century Pulp and Paper in Lalkua, Nainital, Uttarkhand, India. The machine will be started up in the third quarter of 2008. The value of the order is not disclosed. The market value of these types of tissue production lines is in excess of EUR 17 - 20 million, depending on the scope of delivery and production output.

Metso’s scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a 16-foot Metso Yankee cylinder and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. Metso Paper will also deliver the stock preparation equipment including the OptiFiner conical refiner and deflaking technology, OptiSlush pulping equipment and OptiScreen cleaning and screening technology. The delivery also includes basic and detail engineering for the new tissue mill as well as services for installation and start-up of the machine.

The machine, the first large tissue machine in India, is of the latest technology with state-of-the-art equipment. The Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine has a trim width of 2.85 m, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min and a daily production of up to 120 metric tons of high-quality facial, bathroom tissue and towel grades. Production will be based on baled pulp.

Century Pulp and Paper, a division of Century Textile and Industries Ltd, is a manufacturer of rayon grade pulp and an exhaustive range of excellent quality of writing & printing paper. When the company now enters also the tissue paper industry, it already produces 32 000 metric tons of pulp and 198 000 metric tons of writing and printing paper per year.

For further information, please contact:

Jan Erikson Vice President Sales, Metso Paper, Tissue Business Line Tel. +46 54 17 14 90, mobile phone +46 70 517 14 90

Ingmar Andersson Vice President Asia, Metso Paper, Tissue Business Line Tel. +46 54 17 13 90, mobile phone +46 705 17 13 90