Metso Paper to rebuild Stora Enso Corbehem PM 5

Published May 13, 2003 13.00.00 +2 GMT

Stora Enso has selected Metso Paper to rebuild the PM 5 LWC paper machine in Corbehem, France. The modernisation will improve paper quality and increase operating speed from the existing 1200 m/min up to 1500 m/min. The rebuilt machine will come on stream during 2004. The order is valued at approximately EUR 30 million.

The Corbehem mill located in northern France produces approx. 500,000 tons per year of LWC paper on three machines. With a wire width of 9.7 m Corbehem PM 5 – originally supplied by Voith in 1990 – is one of the largest LWC paper machines in the world. The order now placed is an important milestone in the long-term co-operation between Metso Paper and Stora Enso Corbehem.

Metso Paper was selected to supply the project thanks to its thorough knowledge of LWC papermaking process. The key technologies in the consideration were Metso Paper’s gap former technology, reliable shoe press combined with overall know-how of high-speed presses and the excellent HiRun blow box technology. The Metso PowerDry air drying technology was selected for the on-machine coater because of its high efficiency and excellent runnability.

Altogether, the delivery includes an OptiFlo dilution-controlled headbox, an OptiFormer gap former, a SymPress B shoe press, HiRun and SymRun HS blow boxes, FoilForce1 tail threading equipment, and PowerDry air dryers.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. The Corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Metso Paper, is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp and paper industries. Metso's other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). 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: Sakari Häyrynen Vice President Paper Business Line, Rebuilds Tel. +358 20 482 6042, mobile +358 40 563 3742 e-mail: