Metso Paper to supply a second Advantage DCT 200 tissue line to Fujian HengAn, China

Published Sept 20, 2006 14.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper has been awarded a repeat order of a complete Advantage DCT 200 tissue production line to Fujian HengAn Paper Co., Ltd in China. The line is scheduled to start up at their Anhai mill in Fujian province in the beginning of 2008. The value of the order approaches EUR 20 million.

The order follows the successful start-up of a similar Advantage DCT 200 tissue line at the same mill on 23 July 2006.

The new Metso delivery comprises a complete tissue production line with Metso stock preparation equipment, Advantage DCT 200 tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS multi-layer headbox, Advantage Yankee, Advantage AirCap hood, Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. Also, the delivery features Metso Paper's new patented Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology, which saves energy and enhances final product quality.

Metso Automation will supply an extensive automation package including metsoDNA machine and process controls, PaperIQ Plus scanner and quality controls, as well as a IQDilutionPro Lite basis weight profiling system.

With a width of 5.6 m and an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, the new machine will add another 60,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades to HengAn Group's total production. This will consolidate their position as China's leading tissue producer. The raw material for the new machine will be virgin pulp.

HengAn is the leading, fast-growing Chinese consumer product company with a nationwide sales and distribution network. It is a fully owned subsidiary of HengAn International, whose shares are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Their turnover is HKD 4 billion (approx. EUR 400 million) and they have 16,000 employees.

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 further information, please contact:

Ingmar Andersson Vice President Asia, Metso Paper, Tissue Business Line Tel. +46 54 17 13 90, cell phone +46 705 17 13 90

Leif Forsberg Senior Vice President, Sales, Metso Paper, Tissue Business Line Tel. +46 54 17 13 10, cell phone +46 705 17 13 10