Metso Paper to rebuild Guangzhou Paper PM 8 in China

Published Aug 8, 2006 10.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will rebuild the newsprint paper machine PM 8 of Guangzhou Paper Co., Ltd. in the Guangdong province, China. The modernization is scheduled to be completed in mid 2007. The value of the order is 15 MEUR. Guangzhou Paper selected Metso to supply the project thanks to the close and productive cooperation of the two companies for several decades.

Metso's delivery will include a forming section rebuild to BelBaie V former, modernization of the press and dryer sections and a new OptiSoft soft calender.

BelBaie V is a Metso Paper developed forming section upgrade for earlier-generation BelBaie formers. With this new shoe blade forming technology it is possible to improve the paper quality and the forming section runnability with a cost-effective investment. Guangzhou Paper PM 8 will be the third installation of this new technology.

The paper machine has a wire width of 8.7 m, a design speed of 1,100 m/min and it will produce over 500 tonnes of newsprint daily.

Guangzhou Paper is one of the oldest and most respected newsprint makers in China. It is also the mill to which Metso Paper made its first paper machine delivery in the People's Republic of China 50 years ago. Guangzhou Paper operates five newsprint machines with a combined production capacity of 470,000 t/a. The latest Metso delivery before the present order, the OptiConcept paper machine PM 1, was succesfully started up in May 2006.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22 000 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: Sakari Häyrynen Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Paper and Board Business Line, Metso Paper tel. +358 40 563 3742