Metso Paper establishes a new company and expands its branch office network in China

Published June 19, 2003 10.00.00 +2 GMT

A new company, Metso Paper (China) Co., Ltd., has been established to further strengthen Metso Paper's position and service capabilities in the Chinese market. The activities of Metso Paper's Beijing representative office, in operation since 1992, as well as the company's well-established Service Technology Center in Wuxi, already in operation since 2001, will be continued under the new company.

Metso Paper China operates in the whole of China. The company’s administration and service functions are located in Wuxi and other operations are distributed close to Customers through the branch offices. In addition to the Beijing office, a new branch office has been established in Shanghai and in the future also in Guangzhou and Qingdao. The office network will be expanded to other locations on the basis of customer needs.

Metso Paper China offers the Chinese paper industry a full range of services from the same source, including new machine lines, rebuilds, process improvements and aftersales service. The company’s business areas are paper, board, and tissue making lines, chemical and mechanical pulping, and service.

The establishment of Metso Paper China demonstrates Metso Paper’s high level of commitment to the growing Chinese market and willingness to serve the Chinese customers locally with high-quality technology and expert services.

In addition to Metso Paper (China) Co., Ltd., Metso Paper’s operations in China include a joint venture company Valmet-Xian, the leading paper machine factory in China, which is partly owned by Metso Paper.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. The Corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Metso Paper, is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp and paper industries. Metso's other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2002, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.7 billion and the personnel totaled approximately 28,500. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

More information: Mr. Ari Harmaala, Area President, Metso Paper, Inc., Asia Pacific and China, tel. +86 13911792766