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Metso to strengthen its biomass drying technology

As part of Metso’s aim to increase the offering to customers on the growing biomass utilization market Metso Paper and SWISS COMBI –W. Kunz dryTec A.G. have on January 7, 2008 entered a licence agreement for the SWISS COMBI belt dryer KUVO.

This agreement grants Metso Paper a global full product licence for the SWISS COMBI belt dryer KUVO valid for drying of biomass, such as bark, forest residue, sawdust etc. in the area of pulp and paper making and in power generation.

The SWISS COMBI belt dryer KUVO is able to utilize various low-temperature heat sources. Its drying process is gentle to the product and it has high availability and high capacity. The dryer fits well into Metso’s biomass utilization product portfolio and promotes the expansion on the growing bioenergy generation markets.

SWISS COMBI - W. Kunz dryTec AG (www.swisscombi.ch) is a nearly 50 year old Swiss engineering company specialized in the development, construction and custom realization of industrial dryers for biomass.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its more than 26,000 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. www.metso.com

For more information, please contact: Hannu Tähkänen, Senior Vice President, Woodhandling, Metso Paper Tel. +358 40 551 7947, [email protected]