Metso Paper inaugurates a new Roll Service Center for the Iberian Peninsula

Published Feb 28, 2007 12.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper has opened a Roll Service Center in Zaragoza, Spain. The new roll service center is a joint venture between Metso Paper and SAICA (S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa) and will serve pulp, paper, tissue and boardmakers in the Iberian Peninsula. An inauguration ceremony took place in Zaragoza on February, 26.

The maintenance cooperation between Metso Paper and SAICA started in March 2005, when the two companies founded the joint venture company Scandinavian Mill Service S.L. (SMS S.L.). SMS S.L. has a long term agreement with SAICA to provide maintenance for their two paper mills in the Zaragoza area. SMS S.L. belongs to Scandinavian Mill Service group, which is a Metso Paper subsidiary and specializes in operating and developing mill maintenance in the pulp and paper industry.

The new roll service center is a strategic investment for Metso Paper. From the start of the joint venture, it was agreed that, in addition to SAICA, service offerings would also be directed to other customers in the Iberian Peninsula. Metso Paper currently employs almost 200 people in Zaragoza and has invested in new state-of-the-art equipment. Metso Paper has also strengthened its local aftermarket sales organization in Spain and Portugal.

Until now the joint venture offering has included mill maintenance, e.g. mechanical, electrical and automation maintenance capabilities and workshop services, such as servicing paper machine components. The new roll service center adds roll grinding and scheduled maintenance as an important extension to this scope.

SAICA is Spain's leading manufacturer and seller of paper for corrugating with five production centers in Spain and France and an annual production capacity of 2 million tons. SAICA is a family owned company employing some 6,500 people.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22,000 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.

For more information Ari Mankki, Managing Director, Scandinavian Mill Service Tel. +358 40 582 1408