Valmet awarded the ATIP Innovation Prize

Published Nov 13, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

At the ATIP Congress & Exhibition in Bordeaux on October 17-19, 2000, the Valmet HC Ozone bleaching process has been granted the "Prix Spécial du Jury" in the ATIP Innovation Contest.

The high concentration ozone bleaching process is applicable to both ECF and TCF fiberlines. It allows consequent savings in chlorine dioxyde consumption and thus contributes to improving bleaching economy and environmental protection. Several mills have already chosen this process : Union Camp Franklin (US), Consolidated Papers Wisconsin (US), Östrand (Sweden), Rosenthal (Germany) and recently Cellardennes (Belgium).

More than 15 "innovations" – new and innovating solutions and processes – competed this year for the Award that was created in 1995. This is the second time Valmet is awarded an ATIP Innovation prize. In 1998 the IQTension, a non-scanning web tension profile measurement from Valmet Automation, was awarded.

Metso Corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Valmet, 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 employed 10,600 persons.

Metso Corporation 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 and New York Stock Exchanges.

For additional information, please contact: Mr Roland CAMPO Valmet SAS, Bordeaux Technowest, BP 34, Les Cinq Chemins, 33186 Le Haillan Tel. +33 5 57 92 10 40,