Metso Paper receives major repeat order for complete OptiConcept line to China

Published Mar 19, 2003 10.18.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will supply a large, complete OptiConcept production line for LWC paper to Jiangxi Chenming Paper Co., Ltd of China. The new 1213-tpd production line has unprecedented dimensions for Chinese papermaking and will be the core of a new greenfield paper mill to be built in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. The line, containing a 8.6 m-wide PM 1 paper machine, will come on stream in fall 2004. The order is valued at around EUR 100 million.

Metso Paper received the order thanks to its experience and impressive track record with large production lines and its thorough know-how of high-quality LWC paper production. This order is also an example of Metso's position as a well-established local supplier in China. A portion of the delivery will be supplied by Metso Paper's wholly owned local company.

In recent years Metso has supplied almost all of the world’s new LWC paper lines. In the past two years, this is China’s third new LWC paper line, all of them supplied by Metso.

Metso’s extensive ‘single-supplier’ delivery package contains all the following: - Stock preparation and broke handling systems, and fiber recovery system - Wet end chemical handling system and coating colour kitchen, incl. an OptiCycle recycling system and a metsoDNA-based FlexCom control system - OptiFeed approach flow system - OptiConcept paper machine (wire width 8.6 m, design speed 2000 m/min): OptiFlo headbox, OptiFormer forming section, OptiPress press section, SymRun HS dryer section, OptiHard SlimLine precalender, OptiSizer on-machine coating section, TurnDry and PowerDry airdryers in afterdrying section, on-machine OptiLoad multinip calender, and OptiReel - WinBelt winders and OptiCart parent reel cart - StreamLine roll wrapping and handling system - Paper machine air systems, hood, heat recovery, runnability systems and paper machine process ventilation - Sensodec 6S runnability and condition monitoring systems - kajaaniRMi retention, and kajaaniMCAi consistency measurements - PaperIQ paper quality control system; QCS, and metsoDNA distributed process control system; DCS - Sensodec WRM web runnability monitoring system and Parsytec web inspection systems

Jiangxi Chenming Paper Co., Ltd. is 90 % owned by Shandong Chenming Holdings Ltd., one of China’s largest paper producers. Metso Paper has previously supplied three paper machines to Shandong (Shouguang PM 1 in 1998, Shouguang PM 2 and Wuhan Hanyang PM 1 in 2002).

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, paper, converting and panelboard industries. Metso's other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

More information: Hannu Pietilä, Senior Sales Manager, Paper Business Line Tel. +358 20 482 6524 or +358 40 503 4085