Metso Paper supplies board machine to Lee & Man Paper in China

Published Sept 19, 2007 09.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will supply Lee & Man Paper Co. with a kraftliner board machine to its Hongmei mill in Guangdong province, China. The new PM 17 will have an annual capacity of 400,000 metric tons and is scheduled to start up in the beginning of 2009. The total value of the order is approximately EUR 40 million.

Lee& Man again selected Metso as their supplier, thanks to the good cooperation between the companies and the recent, excellent start-ups of Lee&Man’s Changshu PM 8 and Hongmei PM 9 kraftliner board machines in China.

The new 3-ply board machine is a single-supplier delivery from Metso Paper. It is based on the same proven concept as PM 8 and PM 9, as well as PM 15 that is under delivery to Lee&Man’s new site in Vietnam. PM 17 will have a wire width of 7,250 mm and a design speed of 1,150 m/min.

Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is one of China's largest containerboard producers. The company, founded in 1994 and listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has three containerboard mills: one in Jiangsu province in Changshu and two in Guangdong province, in Huangyong and Hongmei. Today, the three mills have a combined annual production capacity of 2.2 million metric tons. Lee & Man has a very aggressive growth policy. It aims to have an annual capacity of almost 4 million tons by the end of 2008.

For more information, please contact: Kaarlo Hedman, Vice President, Sales, Paper and Board business line, Metso Paper Tel. +358 40 585 9943,