Metso to supply two tissue lines to HengAn International Group, China

Published Oct 31, 2008 13.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso will supply two complete Advantage DCT 200 tissue production lines to HengAn International Group in China. One of the lines will be delivered to the Group’s Hunan HengAn Living Paper Products Co., Ltd., Changde City, Hunan province, and the other to Shandong HengAn Paper Co.,Ltd., Weifang City, Shandong province. The lines will be started up in December 2009 and in July 2010. The market value of a single tissue production line of this type is in the range of EUR 15 – 20 million, depending on the scope of the delivery and the production output.

Metso’s delivery comprises two tissue production lines with stock preparation equipment and an Advantage DCT 200 tissue machine including an OptiFlo multi-layer headbox, Metso Yankee cylinder, Advantage AirCap hood, Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The delivery also features Metso’s new, patented Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology. Both production lines are optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality. The delivery includes an extensive automation package with metsoDNA machine and process controls, PaperIQ Select scanner and quality controls, as well as an IQDilutionPro Lite basis weight profiling system.

With a width of 5.6 m and an operating speed of 1,900 m/min, the new lines will add another 120,000 tonnes a year of facial, toilet and towel grades to HengAn International Group's total production. The raw material for the new lines will be virgin pulp.

In 2006 and 2008, Metso has successfully started up two similar Advantage DCT 200 tissue lines at the company’s Anhai mill in Fujian province.

HengAn International Group Co., Ltd., the shares of which are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, is a fast-growing Chinese consumer product company with a nationwide sales and distribution network. Its shares are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The company’s turnover in 2007 was HKD 5.7 billion (approx. EUR 520 million) and the amount of employees 16,000.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2007 net sales of over EUR 6 billion. Its over 27,000 employees in approximately 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:

Anders Björn, President, Metso Paper Karlstad AB, Tissue business line, Metso Paper Tel. +46 54 17 13 38, cell phone +46 705 1713 38

Leif Forsberg, Senior Vice President, Sales, Tissue business line, Metso Paper Tel. +46 54 17 13 10, cell phone +46 705 17 13 10