Metso Paper to rebuild a paper machine at UPM Jämsänkoski Mill

Published Jan 28, 2004 13.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper and UPM-Kymmene have today signed a contract for the delivery of a large rebuild of the paper machine No. 6 at UPM's Jämsänkoski Mill. The rebuilt paper machine, manufacturing SC-paper, will be started up in the first quarter of 2005. The value of the order amounts to nearly 20 million euros.

The target of the rebuild project is to ensure the quality competitiveness of the paper produced by the machine and to raise the operating speed to 1700 m/min. The capacity will be increased from 325,000 tons to 350,000 tons annually.

The paper machine, with a wire width of 10.1 m, was originally manufactured by Metso Paper in 1992. In the rebuild, the wire, press and dryer sections of the machine will be modernized to comply with today's paper making technology and efficiency requirements. In addition, the automation level of the line's two winders will be increased.

UPM is the world's leading producer of printing papers. The Group's turnover in 2002 was over EUR 10 billion and it has approximately 35,000 employees. UPM's main products include publication papers as well as converting materials and wood products. The company has production plants in 16 countries and its main market areas are the EU countries and North America. UPM's shares are quoted 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: Mr. Ilpo Ollila, Vice President, Sales, Paper Business Line Tel. +358 40 502 4013