Metso Paper upgrades Votorantim's drying machine in Brazil and delivers a new baling line

Published Aug 30, 2005 09.00.00 +2 GMT

Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP) Jacareí mill in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, has ordered an upgrade for their pulp drying line which was also originally supplied by Metso Paper. The upgrade includes rebuilds in the headbox, cutter and baling area. The new baling line will be the fourth line delivered by Metso Paper to VCP.

Rebuild of the pulp drying line To further improve the high-production pulp drying line (JE-3), the existing hydraulic headbox will be modified to a dilution headbox. On the cutter layboy, the slitter and the main feed press part will be rebuilt. The rebuild, finished during the second half of 2005, helps to increase the Jacareí mill's annual production to one million tons of eucalyptus pulp.

New baling line The new baling line features Robobaling technology including a Robohightyer binding machine. The Robo technology has shown very high availability on the three lines that VCP is currently operating. Start-up of the new line is scheduled for the second quarter of 2006.

Votorantim Celulose e Papel is one of the leading companies of Brazil in the pulp and paper industry. The company has own eucalyptus forests to produce wood for integrated pulp and paper production at the Jacareí and Luiz Antonio mills as well as for paper production at the Piracicaba and Mogi das Cruzes mills. VCP is owned by Grupo Votorantim.

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

Jukka Sämpi, Senior Vice President, Pulp Drying, Fiber Business Line, Tel. +358 204 82 9843,