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Metso relocates two paper machines for Chinese Shandong Huatai Paper

Metso has received an order from Shandong Huatai Paper Stock Co., Ltd. for a relocation of two paper machines to the company’s subsidiary mills in China. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The typical market value of this type of relocation project services is less than EUR 10 million.

The 4.45-m-wide (trim) fine paper machine PM 8 of Mondi Group in Szolnok, Hungary, will be relocated to the Anqing mill of Anhui Huatai Forest Pulp & Paper in Anhui province. Metso will dismantle and pack the paper machine line and supervise the installation and start-up of the relocated equipment. Metso’s delivery will also include a modernization of the machine control system as well as mill engineering services. The start-up of the relocated machine is scheduled for the first half of 2011.

The 5.56-m-wide (trim) newsprint machine PM 8 of Qiqihar Paper Mill, originally Heilong Paper, in Heilongjiang province, will be relocated to Guangdong Huatai Paper in Xinhui, Guangdong province. Metso’s delivery package comprises engineering and supervision services for dismantling, packing, installation and start-up of the paper machine line. The start-up of the relocated line is scheduled for the end of 2010.

Anhui Huatai Forest Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. and Guangdong Huatai Paper Co., Ltd. are part of Shandong Huatai Paper Stock Co., Ltd. Shandong Huatai Paper produces newsprint, uncoated fine paper, coated art paper and tissue with an annual capacity exceeding 1.8 million tonnes.

Reconditioning, rebuilding and eventual relocating of entire production lines is part of Metso’s service offering for paper machines. It combines machine rebuilding business, project management and automation solutions.

As a result of structural changes in the global pulp and paper industry, paper producers in Europe and North America have cut production capacity and closed machines and entire mills. Some of the closed machines have technical operating life remaining, and some of them are relocated to the growing Asian markets, especially to China and India.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 28,000 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com

For more information, please contact: Mikko Osara, General Manager, Rebuild sales, Paper business line, Metso Tel. +358 40 841 8804

Fan Ze, General Manager, Sales, Paper business line, Metso Tel. +86 139 0133 6277