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Metso to supply containerboard line to Saica Containerboard in the UK

Metso will supply a lightweight containerboard production line to Saica Containerboard UK Ltd. at Partington Wharfside, in Trafford, near Manchester in the United Kingdom. The start-up of the production line is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012. The total value of the order is approximately EUR 60 million.

Metso’s delivery will include a complete OptiConcept paper machine, including an approach flow system, pulpers and air systems. Sheet strength and uniformity will be produced by an OptiFlo headbox and an OptiFormer gap former. The whole production will be handled by a WinDrum Pro high-capacity winder. A comprehensive Metso automation package will comprise process, machine and quality controls. A Metso process control system will also be supplied for the new combined heat and power station at the Partington mill.

The design speed of the 8.2-m-wide (wire) PM 11 is 1,700 m/min. The annual production capacity will be approx. 400,000 tonnes of testliner and fluting in the basis weight range of 75-125 g/m2, out of 100 % recycled furnish.

Saica Containerboard UK Ltd. is a subsidiary of SAICA. SAICA is a family owned Spanish company and a world leader in the production of lightweight corrugated containerboard from recovered paper. The company currently employs over 8,000 people in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the UK. SAICA has an annual turnover of EUR 2.2 billion.

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 more information, please contact:

Jari Koikkalainen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Paper business line, Metso Tel. +358 40 838 8950, jari.koikkalainen(at)metso.com