Metso printing paper machine starts up successfully at Guangzhou Paper

Published May 30, 2006 10.00.00 +2 GMT

Guangzhou Paper Co., Ltd. has successfully started up a newsprint machine in Guangdong province, China, on Monday, 29 May 2006 at 12:12. The new Metso-supplied PM 1 has a wire width of 5.3 m and an operating speed of 1,400 m/min. It will produce 500 tons of newspaper daily.

Says Mr. Lin, Vice General Manager of Guangzhou Paper: "The start-up went exactly according to plans, and the machine was able to produce saleable paper immediately. The start-up date is auspicious for us, as Chairman Mao visited this same mill exactly 50 years ago."

Metso's single-supplier delivery includes, for example, the latest gap forming and belt technology in the wet end, a single-tier dryer section for high-speed production, as well as a soft calender and reel. Metso Automation and Metso's joint venture company in Xian also participated in the delivery.

Guangzhou Paper is one of the oldest and most respected newsprint makers in China. It is also the mill to which Metso Paper made its first paper machine delivery in the People's Republic of China 50 years ago. Guangzhou Paper PM 5, delivered by Metso Paper's predecessor Wärtsilä in 1956, is still in operation, producing newsprint. Today Guangzhou Paper operates five newsprint machines with a combined production capacity of 470,000 t/a.

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: Timo Hildén Project Manager Metso Paper, Inc. Tel. +358 40 5800 764 E-mail: