Another OptiSpray coating station will start up

Published Sept 20, 2005 12.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will supply another OptiSpray coating station. The start-up will take place in spring 2006. Several successful pilot trials at Metso Paper's Surface Treatment Technology Center in Järvenpää, Finland, convinced the customer to select OptiSpray technology.

OptiSpray is the first coating station using high-speed low-impact coating technology. Its operation is based on a controlled, high-pressure spray application of coating color or surface size directly onto the surface of the paper or board, without any direct contact of blades, rods or rolls. OptiSpray coating station applies an absolutely uniform coating coverage, thanks to its unique and proven nozzle mechanics and a totally automatic and continuous operation. Good coating results are independent of base paper quality and moisture variations. OptiSpray coating station will provide excellent runnability and production efficiency and is a viable option for rebuilding existing machine lines to produce coated grades.

The first OptiSpray coating station is running at Myllykoski, MD Lang Papier in Albbruck, Germany, where they are very pleased with the coated paper quality. The operation of the OptiSpray coating station is also excellent.

Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, energy industry as well as in selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 23,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed in the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

For further information, please contact:

Kari Sorsa, Sales Manager, Paper Business Line, Tel. +358 20 482 7643,