Repeat order for Valmet from Sappi Fine Paper Europe in the Netherlands

Published Dec 13, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Sappi Fine Paper Europe is proceeding with the second stage of their rebuild of PM 7 at the Nijmegen mill in the Netherlands. The mill produces coated fine papers with this 4950 mm, 195 in. wide on-machine coating line, in a range from 90 to 170 g/m2.

The first stage of Sappi's investment program was the on-machine coater rebuild to Valmet's OptiCoat Jet technology in 1999. The second stage of the investment program is now to improve both the base paper and pre-coating quality.

The main machinery include a SymFlow D dilution headbox, an on-machine OptiCoater with double sided OptiSizer coating station for pre-coating, OptiDoser machine circulation, drying equipment, ColorMat system and pulper for the coating section. The paper profiles will be controlled via IQ-CoatWeight in machine- and cross-directions.

The order also includes installation, start-up, training and PM testruns for the new technology. Valmet business units in Järvenpää, Jyväskylä, Turku, Raisio and Neles Automation in Tampere will be responsible for most of the delivery. The renewed line will start up in the end of 2001.

This was the seventh coated fine paper line order for Valmet in the year 2000, again proving the company's leading position in this technology. The other six orders have been placed for Swedish, Finnish, Chinese and German mills.

Valmet Corporation is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. In 1999, Valmet's net sales were EUR 1.7 billion and it had a personnel of 10,600.

Valmet is part of the Metso Corporation, which is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. Metso's business areas are fiber and paper technology, automation and control technology and machinery. The net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.4 billion in 1999 and the personnel totaled approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki Exchanges and the New York Stock Exchange.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Vesa Elovaara, Senior Sales Manager Tel + 358 20 482 180