Metso Paper supplies chemical handling systems to UPM in China

Published Apr 2, 2004 14.00.00 +2 GMT

UPM-Kymmene (Changshu) Paper Industry Co. Ltd. has ordered wet end chemical handling and surface size handling systems from Metso Paper to its new paper machine PM 1 in China. The delivery will take place in the first half of 2005.

The delivery will complement the OptiConcept paper making line which UPM-Kymmene (Changshu) ordered last year from Metso Paper. The new paper making line to be erected in Jiangsu province will manufacture copying and offset paper with a capacity of 450,000 t/a.

Metso Paper's delivery includes chemical handling systems with installed main processes, starch, bentonite and filler handling and systems for polymer, pigment and other chemical handling. The total delivery includes the equipment, piping, steel constructions, engineering and automation.

The Changshu project continues the co-operation between UPM and Metso Paper. Previously Metso Paper has delivered chemical handling systems also to UPM Kuusankoski and Rauma mills and corresponding systems to UPM mills in Germany, United Kingdom and North America.

UPM is one of the leading paper producers in the world. In 2003, the turn-over was close to EUR 10 billion and the personnel totaled about 35 000. The main products are printing and writing papers, converting materials and wood products. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The Corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). 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: Alf Renvall, President Metso PaperChem Oy, tel. +358 20 482 4000 Jukka Sarvela, General Manager Chemical handling systems, tel. +358 20 482 144