Metso Paper Como S.p.A. will supply a complete new press section to board machine No.1 of the Italian Alce S.p.A.

Published Mar 03, 2003 14.57.00 +2 GMT

With the first installed OptiSpray online spray-coating process, Albbruck Mill in Germany, belonging to the MD Lang Group, and Metso Paper, a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems in the paper sector, have started the new year together with a worldwide innovation. Paper machine PM5 started up successfully on schedule at the end of January after the conversion carried out by motivated and experienced project teams from the two firms. Both firms evaluate the introduction of this new coating process as a revolutionary breakthrough.

Using state-of-the-art spraying technology, the coating colour is atomized under high pressure and applied simultaneously to both sides of the web while this is not in contact with any part of the machine. The paper is then dried by means of high-performance TurnDry air dryers.

Before being converted the PM5 met market demand for single coated offset printing papers both as sheet and reel products. Ongoing efforts are being made to achieve sustained quality optimization and the printing results from the first reels produced after the modification are delivering very promising results. The objective is to exploit the advantages of the new spraying technology in order to penetrate the market segment of high-quality paper grades already being supplied by the PM6 and 7 in Albbruck, and to additionally open up new markets. An increase in capacity of around 10 percent will also improve the profitability of the plant.

In Metso Paper it proved possible to gain a partner with the maximum know-how for the realization of this project. Metso Paper supplied a two-side OptiSpray coating station for the topcoat, TurnDry air dryers, the coating colour preparation, machine circulation and related automation systems.

The core business areas of Metso are paper and fibre technology (Metso Paper), the processing of rock and minerals (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). With net annual sales of 4.7 billion EUR and approximately 28,500 employees, the Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and the New York stock exchanges. Further information at:

The MD Lang Paper Group with production sites in Germany and Switzerland is an important international producer of mechanical coated and uncoated printing papers as reel and sheet. The group belongs to the Myllykoski Corporation. The Albbruck mill is production and development site for sheet and reel offset papers. Over a period of more than 30 years the mill has acquired a leading market position in the coated offset printing paper sector. Today, 300,000 tonnes of printing papers leave the Albbruck mill sheds every year. Further information under

More information: Mr. Reinhard Etzel, Mill Manager, MD Albbruck: +49 7753 41-201 Mr. Jyrki Strengell, Metso Paper, Inc., +358 40 590 9167 Mr. Vesa Elovaara, Metso Paper, Inc., +358 40 580 3013