Successful start-up for NSI’s Bruck Mill rebuild from Metso Paper

Published May 25, 2004 14.00.00 +2 GMT

Norske Skog Bruck Mill in Austria has successfully started up its PM 4 in March 2004. Total value of this rebuild project was around EUR 35 million. The rebuild of PM 4 forming section was done by Metso Paper.

The Bruck mill’s PM 4 LWC paper machine underwent a large modernization of its wet end. The focus of the rebuild was to improve paper quality and productivity. The mill is thus capable of producing high quality LWC paper to demanding European customers also in the future. The project included among others a dilution-controlled OptiFlo II headbox and an OptiFormer wire section.

The on-line-coating paper machine was originally supplied by Beloit in 1989 and has a wire width of 7.15 m. The design speed for new parts is 1700 m/min. Basis weight range for base paper will be 32-60 gsm, for the coated product 51-100 gsm.

Norske Skog Bruck, founded 1881, selected Metso Paper thanks to their proven technology, good references and good cooperation with Norske Skog. The mill located in Bruck an der Mur, has two paper machines producing approx. 375,000 tonnes of publication papers per year. The mill joined Norske Skog group in 1996.

Norske Skog established in 1962, is the world’s second largest producer of publication papers, with 23 wholly and partly owned mills in 15 countries on five continents. Norske Skog has close to 13% share of the global market for newsprint and magazine paper. Since 2000 the company has become a leading global player, with activities in Asia, North America, South America and Australia as well. The Company is now virtually 100% concentrated on publication paper. Operating revenue in 2003 was NOK 23.5 billion.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The Corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). In 2003, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 4.3 billion and personnel totaled approximately 27,400. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

More information: Leo Allo, Senior Vice President, Communications, Metso Paper, Inc. Tel. +358 40 544 9509