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Metso to supply fine paper line to APRIL Fine Paper (Guangdong) in China

Metso will supply a fine paper production line to APRIL Fine Paper (Guangdong) Co. Ltd., to the company’s mill in Xin Hui, Guangdong province, China. The start-up of the production line is scheduled for the last quarter of 2011. The value of the order is not disclosed. A typical market value of this size of a production line is about EUR 80-120 million depending on the scope of the delivery. The most part of the order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology’s Q2 orders received and the automation package in Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q2 orders received.

Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete production line for woodfree uncoated paper including a stock preparation system, an OptiConcept paper machine, two WinDrum L winders and an extensive automation package. The scope of supply will also include a Metso machine clothing package for the entire production line.

The annual production capacity of the new 8.65-m-wide PM 11 will be 450,000 tonnes. The paper machine design speed is 1,800 m/min.

APRIL Fine Paper (Guangdong) Co. Ltd is part of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) which is one of the world’s largest producers of bleached hardwood Kraft pulp in the world and a leading producer of sustainable fiber, pulp and paper with manufacturing operations in Indonesia and China.

APRIL operates one of the world’s largest pulp mills located in Riau, Indonesia. In China, APRIL SSYMB’s integrated pulp and paperboard mill is located in Rizhao in Shandong province. This mill is the first in China to attain international standards certification. APRIL’s mills in both Indonesia and China are certified under ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 for quality, environment, health and safety management.

APRIL is currently the only Indonesian company in the World Business Council of Sustainable Development, and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. Its flagship product is PAPEROne office paper produced from 100 % plantation fiber and sold in more than 56 countries.

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