Metso to supply new wood handling and bleaching lines, plus a washing rebuild for Klabin S.A., Brazil

Published Aug 31, 2006 10.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper has received an order to supply the Klabin S.A. Telêmaco Borba mill in the Brazilian state of Paraná with new wood handling and bleaching lines, as well as a rebuild of the kraft liner washing line. The order value is approximately EUR 40 million and the start-up is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2007.

Metso Paper will supply all the ordered systems as EPC (Engineered, Procured, Constructed) packages, including start-up and training but excluding civil works, etc.

The wood handling system is designed to process over 350 m3/h of eucalyptus wood, which will be one of the biggest in the world. The process is specially designed to handle eucalyptus wood species and includes all the equipment for debarking, chipping, chip handling and bark handling. The GentleStoreTM chip storage system will be used for chip storage and reclaiming to provide the best possible blending and homogenization of chips.

The new bleaching process features Metso Paper's latest generation of TwinRoll Presses in each stage of bleach plant washing. TwinRoll presses are known to enable the lowest chemical consumption and effluent volumes. To improve kraft liner line washing, a TwinRoll wash press will be installed to operate as the last washing stage. Besides improved washing, it will also act as a water lock between the pulp and paper mills. This press is the first one supplied for kraft liner washing in South America. Metso Paper's TwinRoll technology is now well established in the Brazilian market. Currently, ongoing projects in Brazil include a total of fifteen TwinRoll presses, all scheduled for start-up during 2007.

Klabin is the largest paper and board manufacturer and exporter in Brazil. The company is the leader in production of packaging paper and board, corrugated boxes and industrial sacks. Klabin was the first company in the pulp and paper sector of the Americas to have its forests certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), proving that it operates its business at the highest levels of environmental conservation and socio-economic sustainability.

For further information, please contact: Par-Erik Larsson FBL Area Vice President, South America, Metso Paper Tel. +55 15 2102 9816

Jari Koikkalainen Senior Vice President Sales and CRM, Fiber Business Line, Metso Paper Tel. +358 40 838 8950