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Metso to supply coated board line to Shandong Bohui in China

Metso Paper will supply a coated board production line to Shandong Bohui in China. The start-up of the production is scheduled for the second half of 2009. The value of the order is around EUR 100 million.

Metso's delivery will include a complete coated board line with related air systems and two winders. The board machine, which will have a wire width of 6.25 m and a design speed of 900 m/min, will produce close to 1,400 tonnes of folding boxboard per day.

The line will include the latest technology developed by Metso Paper, such as the ValFormer shoe blade hybrid former and the revolutionary ValZone metal belt calender, enabling raw material savings and ensuring excellent printability of the board. This 4th ValZone delivery will raise the capacity produced with metal belt calendering to over one million tonnes per year globally. Metso Automation will supply an extensive automation package, which includes machine and quality controls with runnability and condition monitoring systems.

Shandong Bohui Paper Group employs approximately 5,000 persons. The annual paper and boardmaking capacity is around 850,000 tonnes.

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 more information, please contact: Jari Koikkalainen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Paper and Board business line, Metso Paper, Inc. Tel. +358 40 838 8950, jari.koikkalainen@metso.com