Metso Paper to rebuild Stora Enso's paper machine at Whiting mill, Wisconsin, USA

Published Mar 31, 2004 14.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will rebuild Stora Enso North America's paper machine PM 64 at the Whiting mill in Wisconsin, USA. The modernized LWC production line will start up in May 2005. The value of the order is approximately EUR 13 million.

The rebuild will improve the line's productivity and paper quality. Metso Paper's delivery consists of a rebuild of the press and dryer sections as well as a modification of the reel and the rereeler. The paper machine has a wire width of 6.2 meters.

The order is the third one for Metso Paper from the same customer within one year's time. The earlier projects to Stora Enso North America's mills in Kimberly and Biron, Wisconsin, are currently under delivery. Good relations and cooperation between the parties contributed to Metso Paper being selected as the supplier for this order.

The Whiting Mill operates two LWC paper machines. Stora Enso North America operates six mills in Wisconsin, producing mainly coated paper grades. In addition, the company has a mill in Minnesota producing SC paper and a mill in Nova Scotia, Canada, producing SC paper and newsprint.

Stora Enso is an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company producing publication and fine papers, packaging boards and wood products. The Group's sales totaled EUR 12.2 billion in 2003. The Group has some 43,000 employees in more than 40 countries.

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 2003, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.3 billion and personnel totaled approximately 27,400. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

More information: Ilpo Ollila, Vice President, Sales, Metso Paper, Tel. +358 204 82 6005, mobile +358 40 502 4013

JP Beaudoin, Vice President, Sales, North America Tel. +1-770-368-7385, mobile 1-678-641-1016