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Metso Paper to supply TMP system to the United States

Metso Paper will supply a thermo-mechanical pulping (TMP) system to Inland Empire Paper Company in Millwood, Washington, in the United States. The delivery is scheduled for completion in 2009.

The new TMP system will replace the mill's pulping systems installed in the 1960's. The project will significantly reduce Inland Empire Paper Company's current dependence on natural gas to dry its paper products. Thanks to the heat recovery system that recovers heat generated during the TMP process, the reduction in natural gas usage will eliminate associated air emissions by more than 75 per cent.

Inland Empire Paper Company manufactures high-quality newsprint and specialty paper products in Millwood, Washington, already since 1911. The company supplies paper to over 120 customers throughout the western United States and produces over 500 tons of newsprint every day.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2007 net sales of approximately EUR 6 billion. Its almost 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. www.metso.com

For further information, please contact: Bill Bohn, Area Vice President, North America, Fiber business line, Metso Paper Tel. +1 404 394 5924, bill.bohn@metso.com