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Metso to convert Domtar’s fine paper machine in the USA to fluff pulp production

Metso has been contracted by Domtar Corporation to rebuild their PM 5 fine paper machine at their Plymouth, North Carolina, USA, mill for fluff pulp production. The rebuild project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2010. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of these types of rebuilds ranges from EUR 15 to 25 million depending on the scope of the delivery.

The existing fine paper machine will be rebuilt and converted to fluff pulp production. Metso’s delivery will include a new wet end and a rebuild of the finishing equipment needed for fluff pulp production. The scope of supply includes a new wire section and a SymFlo headbox equipped with an IQDilutionPro profiling system, an IQSteamPro steambox, a new press section, and dryer modifications including a new hood as well as reel and winder rebuilds.

The rebuilt 306-in-wide machine (7,772 mm) will produce fluff pulp in the basis weight range of 420-470 lbs/3000 ft2 (684–765 g/m2).

Domtar Corporation is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. The company employs nearly 10,500 people.

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 26,500 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com

For more information, please contact: Jukka Tiitinen, President, North America, Paper and Fiber Technology, Metso Tel. +1 404 433 0937 and +358 40 740 6178

Peter Jones, Key Account Sales Manager, Paper and Fiber Technology, Metso Tel. +1 770 263 1597