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Metso supplies a wash press to Mondi Richards Bay in South Africa

Metso will supply a new wash press to Mondi’s Richards Bay mill in South Africa. The Mondi Richards Bay mill, commissioned in 1984, produces more than 720,000 tonnes of bleached pulp per year, using mainly eucalyptus from own plantations as raw material. Start-up of the new wash press is scheduled for end of 2011. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Metso’s delivery will include a TwinRoll Evolution wash press, basic and detail engineering and site services. The new wash press will allow Mondi to improve the existing brown stock washing process at the mill.

Mondi is an international paper and packaging company, with production operations across 31 countries and revenues of EUR 5.3 billion in 2009. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and employed 31,000 people on average in 2009.

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 27,000 employees in more than 50 countries.www.metso.com

For further information, please contact: Peter Rummel, Area Vice President, Fiber business line, Metso Tel. +46 70 6533802, peter.rummel(at)metso.com

Kumar Naidoo, Sales Manager, Fiber business line, Metso Tel. +27 31 502 9350, kumar.naidoo(at)metso.com