Metso Paper to supply world's highest capacity pulp drying line to Suzano Bahia Sul in Brazil

Published Dec 14, 2005 10.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will deliver a pulp drying line including three complete baling lines to Suzano Bahia Sul Papel e Celulose S.A. in Brazil. The drying line is a part of Suzano Bahia Sul's expansion project at the Mucuri mill in the state of Bahia. The value of the order is approx. EUR 100 million. Start-up is scheduled for the second half of 2007.

The trim width of the drying line will be 9,990 mm and the production capacity 3,340 adt/d of eucalyptus pulp. Metso Paper's scope of delivery includes bleached stock screening, wet-end, dryer, high-speed cutter and three baling lines. The line will include the largest airborne dryer ever built, and the production of the line will be highest ever made on a single drying line.

Additionally, Metso Paper will provide engineering, procurement and construction services (EPC). A significant part of the delivery will be locally manufactured in Brazil and pre-assembled in Metso Paper's large facilities in Sorocaba, Brazil.

Suzano Bahia Sul's pulp drying line will be the first installation that is entirely based on Metso's new DryWay concept. The main advantages of the selected DryWay technology are its high specific capacity and low specific power consumption. "With the new DryWay concept, Metso Paper leads the way of drying into the future," says Jukka Sämpi, Senior Vice President, Pulp Drying.

The Brazilian company Suzano Bahia Sul Papel e Celulose S.A. manufactures eucalyptus pulp, paperboard, as well as both coated and uncoated wood-free printing and writing paper. The company's current paper and paperboard production capacity is 820,000 tonnes and pulp production capacity about 1.1 million tonnes annually.

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

For additional information, please contact: Jukka Sämpi, Senior Vice President, Pulp Drying, Fiber Business Line, Tel. +358 204 82 9843,

Pär-Erik Larsson, Area Vice President, Fiber Business Line, Tel. + 55 15 2102 9816,