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Metso’s Laem Chabang service center celebrates 10 years of operation in Thailand

The Metso Paper Laem Chabang service center has celebrated its 10 years of operation in Thailand on January 22, 2008. The workshop was opened on January 14, 1998 and it was the first full-scope service center for the pulp and paper industry serving all of Asia. Today, the Laem Chabang center serves Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam as well as Taiwan, India and Pakistan.

During the ten years of operation, the number of employees in Laem Chabang has grown from 50 to 120 committed professionals. Also the service center’s capabilities have been continuously developed over the years. The latest addition will be the facilities to manufacture polyurethane and composite roll covers in fall 2008. As a full-scope supplier, the Laem Chabang one-stop service center offers everything from spare parts, mechanical roll services and roll covers to process development services and maintenance outsourcing.

The establishment of the Laem Chabang center was the first step in Metso’s commitment to serve the pulp and paper industry locally in Asia. As a natural continuation to this commitment, Metso has since opened new service centers and locations in China, South Korea, India, Japan and Australia.

The latest addition to Metso’s service center network in Asia will be the Guangzhou Service Center in Guangdong province, China. The new facility will be operational in 2008. Also the Wuxi Service Center in Jiangsu province, China has lately doubled its roll service capacity by opening an extension in October 2007. Altogether, Metso Paper has close to 50 service centers around the world.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its more than 26,000 employees in more than 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: John Della Bosca, Vice President, Service Business Unit, Asia-Pacific, Metso Paper Tel. +66 81 835 8556 john.della-bosca@metso.com