Metso Paper to supply a large fine paper machine rebuild to UPM in Germany

Published May 4, 2005 13.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will deliver a large rebuild of the fine paper machine PM 3 to the UPM-owned Nordland Papier in Dörpen, Germany. The rebuild, targeted at improving the product quality and production efficiency, will be completed during autumn 2006. The value of the order amounts to close to EUR 60 million.

Metso Paper's delivery comprises an OptiFlo headbox representing the most recent technology, an OptiFormer wire section, and a double-nip OptiPress press section with a shoe press. The dryer section will be modified to correspond to the higher speed and production. Additionally, the machine will be equipped with an OptiSoft SlimLine on-line calender, an OptiReel for reeling, as well as a fully automatic WinDrum Pro winder. The delivery further includes necessary additional equipment, air systems, field cables and pipes, erection and start-up supervision, training and mill engineering.

The automation scope includes machine and process controls by uniform metsoDNA automation network. The headbox is equipped with Metso's IQDilutionPro basis weight profiler.

The machine has a wire width of 7,050 mm and it is dimensioned for a capacity of 1,115 tons/day.

The rebuild of Nordland’s PM 3 is an important step for UPM to strengthen its competitive position in woodfree uncoated papers in Europe, a market which is of strategic importance to UPM. With the investment, UPM will be able to meet the challenges set by new printing and office technologies.

Nordland Papier is the biggest fine paper mill in Europe. The mill is situated in Dörpen, in the state of Niedersachsen, near the Dutch border, and its production capacity is approx. 1.3 million tons of fine papers annually with four paper machines supplied by Metso. The personnel amounts to 1,850.

UPM is one of the world's leading forest products companies. The company's businesses focus on magazine papers, newsprint, fine and speciality papers, converting materials and wood products. The company's turnover in 2004 was close to EUR 10 billion and the group employs approximately 33,400 people.

Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, energy industry as well as in selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 23,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed in the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

Harri Kuosa, VP Sales, Metso Paper Inc. Paper Business Line tel. +358 40 528 2047,