Metso Paper to supply a complete paper finishing line to Sun Paper, China

Published May 7, 2004 09.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper, together with its Chinese joint venture company Valmet-Xian, will supply a complete paper finishing line to Sun Paper in Yanzhou, China. The finishing line will be installed on the PM 19 fine paper machine, ordered from Metso in January 2003. The paper machine will start up in August 2004 and the finishing line in August 2005. The value of this order is close to EUR 40 million.

Sun Paper again selected Metso Paper thanks to the confidential and close working relations between the two companies during several earlier paper and board machine projects. Metso Paper’s paper finishing line references and successful pilot trials convinced the customer to select Metso. Several Metso units in Europe will participate in the delivery.

The Yanzhou mill is located in the eastern province of Shandong. Metso Paper has earlier delivered the BM 17 and 18 board machines to Sun Paper and a WLC line to Dongguan Jianhui, partly owned by Sun Paper.

The PM 19 finishing line will have a trim width of 4,870 mm at the coater reel. The design speed of the coating machine will be 1500 m/min. The line includes a re-reeler, a 4-station coating machine with 4 ValCoat Jet free jet coating stations, PowerDry Classic air dryers, ValReel type reel, and a WinBelt M winder. Metso Paper has sold over 30 ValCoat type coating stations in three years, which proves this technology to be successful in medium-sized board and fine paper coating.

The delivery also includes an OptiSoft soft calender for matte grades, which will be installed on-line with the coater. The chosen soft-soft nip calendering enables the production of highest quality matte grades. Calendering of glossy grades will be performed with the off-line OptiLoad 10 multinip calender, which has a design speed of 1600 m/min. This finishing concept optimizes both capacity and quality in the production of top-quality coated woodfree grades.

The automation package is based on the proven metsoDNA technology including PaperIQ quality control system and Sensodec condition and runnability monitoring system. The order also includes IQ CoatWeight and IQ CoatDry controls for the coat weight and moisture variations CD and MD control.

Sun Paper is the largest privately owned paper company in China. After the start-up of the finishing line in 2005 the company will have a total capacity of over 1 million tons of board and paper.

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: Teuvo Viitala, Senior Vice President, Sales, Paper Business Line, tel. +358 20 482 7302 Ilkka Tuomenoksa, Vice President, Sales, Paper Business Line, tel. +358 20 482 7308