Metso Paper supplies coated board line to China

Published Mar 23, 2007 11.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will supply a coated board line to Shandong International Paper & Sun Coated Paperboard Co., Ltd. in China. The machine, which will have an annual capacity exceeding 400,000 tonnes, will come on stream in the second quarter of 2008 in Yanzhou city, Shandong. The value of the order is close to EUR 60 million.

The new PM 22 board line is a single-supplier delivery by Metso Paper, based on a novel technology concept for the production of superior coated cartonboard grades. The new generation production line will contain a complete 3-ply coated board machine with five coating stations, enabling the production of folding boxboard, art board and liquid packaging board in the basis weight range of 150-350 gsm. The line will have a wire width of 5,100 mm and a design speed of 900 m/min. Quality and machine controls, basis weight and moisture profilers will be supplied by Metso Automation. A part of the delivery will be supplied by Metso Paper (China).

Metso Paper and Sun Paper Group have a long-term business relationship. Earlier, Metso Paper has supplied two board machines, one paper machine and a coating line to the Group's Yanzhou mill.

Sun Paper Group is one of the foremost paper and board producers in China with a combined production capacity of 1,500,000 t/y. The Group consists of three companies, of which Shandong Sun Paper Co., Ltd. runs altogether 18 paper machines mostly producing printing and writing grades with a combined capacity of 1,020,000 t/y. The other two companies are joint ventures with International Paper: Shandong International Paper & Sun Coated Paperboard Co., Ltd., which will oversee the new coated board line PM 22, and International Paper & Sun Cartonboard Co., Ltd., which manages Sun Paper's 425,000 t/y coated board capacity on PM 17 and PM 18. Sun Paper Group employs more than 7,000 people at its Yanzhou mill in Shandong province.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its 25,500 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, please contact: Tapani Kultaranta, Senior Sales Manager, Metso Paper, Inc. Tel. +358 40 503 4490