Metso Paper supplies Guangzhou Paper with large OptiConcept printing paper line

Published Sept 12, 2006 08.00.00 +2 GMT

The agreement ceremony, hosted by the Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and attended by the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, took place in Helsinki on 12 September. Guangzhou Paper's Vice Chairman Wu Xinghe and Metso Paper's President Risto Hautamäki confirmed the agreement.

Metso Paper will supply Guangzhou Paper in Guangdong province, China with a close to 400,000 tpy printing paper production line. Start-up is scheduled for end of 2007. The total value of the order is well over EUR 100 million.

The single-supplier delivery will include a complete 10.2-m-wide (wire), 2,000 m/min (design) OptiConcept paper machine, a parent reel cart, two winders and a roll wrapping machine, together with related stock preparation equipment, wet end chemical preparation and air systems.

Metso Automation will supply an extensive automation package, including machine, process and quality controls, systems for runnability and condition monitoring, and a system for web runnability monitoring.

Guangzhou Paper is one of China's oldest and most respected newsprint makers. It is also the site of Metso Paper's first paper machine delivery to the People's Republic of China, 50 years ago. Currently the company operates five newsprint machines with a combined capacity of 470,000 tpy. The Metso-supplied OptiConcept PM 1 was successfully started up in May 2006. Recently Guangzhou Paper placed an order with Metso Paper for an extensive rebuild of the mill's PM 8.

For further information, please contact: Pertti Soikkanen Senior Vice President, Sales Metso Paper Tel. +358 40 546 0002 E-mail: