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Metso supplied newsprint line starts up at record speed at Guangzhou Paper, China

The Metso Paper supplied newsprint line PM 9 of Guangzhou Paper in Guangdong province, China, came successfully on stream on 19th December, 2007. The new line has an annual capacity of close to 380,000 tonnes when in full production.

The start-up went smoothly considering the startup speed of 1,684 m/min, which is the highest speed a new paper machine line has ever been started up at. Saleable production was reached as planned. "We have a long history of working together with Metso. Both the project teams of Guangzhou Paper and Metso worked very hard for this startup and it was a success again", says Mr. Jiang Peng, Vice General Manager of Guangzhou Paper.

The PM 9 is a complete 10.2-m-wide paper machine of Metso OptiConcept design. The design speed of the machine is 2,000 m/min. In addition to the paper machine the delivery included a parent reel cart, two winders and a roll wrapping machine, together with related stock preparation equipment, wet end chemical preparation and air systems. Metso Automation supplied an extensive automation package including machine, process and quality controls, systems for runnability and condition monitoring, and a system for web runnability monitoring.

Guangzhou Paper is one of China's oldest and most respected newsprint producers. In addition to the new line, the company operates five newsprint machines, with a combined capacity of 470,000 tpy, in its other mill in Guangzhou. Guangzhou Paper recently started up an extensive rebuild of the mill's PM 8, also supplied by Metso.

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 selected other industries. www.metso.com

For more information, please contact Timo Hildén, Project Manager, Paper and Board Machines, Metso Paper, Inc. Tel. +358 40 5800 764, E-mail: timo.hilden@metso.com