Metso Paper supplies another new paper machine to China’s Sun Paper

Published Jan 24, 2003 13.34.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper, together with its Chinese joint venture company Valmet-Xian, will supply a 160,000 t/y fine paper machine to Sun Paper of China. The machine, Yanzhou mill PM 19, will be started up in September 2004, and will produce mainly offset paper. The total value of the order is close to MEUR 35.

Altogether, this is so far the 4th paper or board machine ordered by Sun Paper from Metso Paper during the past two years. Sun Paper again selected Metso Paper thanks to the confidential, working relations created between the two companies during earlier projects. Metso Paper’s recent, successful deliveries of machines with similar concepts to China also strongly favored the company.

To the Yanzhou mill, located in the eastern province of Shandong, Metso Paper has earlier delivered the BM 17 board machine and is currently supplying the BM 18 board machine. Metso Paper is currently also supplying a White Lined Chipboard (WLC) machine to Dongguan Jian Hui Paper Company Ltd., partly owned by Sun Paper.

The PM 19 now ordered has a trim width of 4,9 m and a drive speed of 1300 m/min. In addition to offset grades, the machine will produce copy and bible paper grades. Main basis weight will be 70 g/m2.

The machine features a SymFlo headbox, a SymFormer MB forming section, a SymPress press section, a SymRun dryer section, a ValSizer surface sizer, a 2-nip OptiSoft calender, and a ValReel.

Also included in the delivery is a wide range of auxiliaries: for example, a hydraulic system; lubrication systems; dryer section hood; runnability components for the whole machine; a steam and condensate system; and a QCS control system from Metso Automation. Metso Paper will also supply installation supervision, start-up help and training.

Several Metso units in Europe will participate in the delivery, including the Metso Paper units in Jyväskylä and Järvenpää, Finland.

Sun Paper is the largest privately owned company in the Chinese paper industry. It was founded by the current chairman, Mr. Li Hong Xin, in 1982 and started operation with a capacity of one ton per day. Currently the company runs 11 paper machines and 6 board machines with a combined capacity of approx. 600,000 t/y. After the BM 18 and PM 19 start-ups in 2004, the company will have a total capacity of approx. 1 million t/y.

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: Bertel Karlstedt, President, Paper Making Lines, Tel. +358 40 5533 859