Metso Paper to modernize UPM's finishing line at Kaipola, Finland

Published Nov 15, 2005 13.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will modernize the paper machine PM 6 finishing line at UPM's Kaipola mill in Jämsä, Finland. Start-up of the upgraded LWC paper finishing line is scheduled for August 2006. The value of the order is approximately EUR 9 million.

The delivery will comprise rebuild of JR1000 winders, new WinBelt rewinder and new StreamLine roll wrapping machine. The modernization of the finishing line will improve the quality of the customer rolls produced and will enable production of bigger rolls. The PM 6 has a wire width of 9.1 meters and the speed of 1,600 m/min.

The PM 6 line will be upgraded to allow production of super jumbo rolls. The existing JR1000 single drum winders will be rebuilt with super heavy winding stations to produce super jumbo rolls measuring 4.32 m and weighing 8 tons. In addition, the automation level of the winders will be upgraded with a new control system and automatic set change with tail gluing.

The WinBelt rewinder utilizes the technology of WinBelt winding to deliver excellent roll quality. The use of Winding Force as the primary winding tool to control roll structure enables winding of the widest rotogravure rolls.

The fully automated StreamLine represents the latest in super jumbo roll wrapping technology. The wrapping machine is equipped with two industrial robots and overlap wrapping. The delivery also includes roll conveyors from the winders through the wrapping machine to the warehouse. The wrapping machine and conveyor system are both completely non-hydraulic.

UPM's Kaipola mill operates three paper machines, which produce a total of 710,000 tons of LWC, directory paper and newsprint per year.

UPM is one of the world’s leading producers of printing papers. The Group's sales in 2004 were nearly EUR 10 billion, and it has 33,400 employees. UPM's main products include printing papers, converting materials and wood products. The Group's main market areas are Europe and North America. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 22,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

For more information, please turn to: Petri Tolonen, Vice President Sales, Metso Paper Inc. Tel. +358 40 722 0372,