Valmet Panelboard lands ClassiFormer order in Russia

Published Feb 25, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet Panelboard (formerly Sunds Defibrator Panelboard Systems) has secured an order from ZAO Cherepovetsky FMK, Russian Federation, for delivery and installation of two ClassiFormer forming machines for production of particleboard panels at the company’s plywood, particleboard and furniture works in Cherepovets.

The customer selected ClassiFormer technology to ensure high product quality with a smooth, fine-structured surface to make its panels suitable also for laminating. The raw material for the particleboard line will be treated in a ClassiScreen system, delivered by Valmet and started up at the end of 1999. The company is currently evaluating investment in a short-cycle laminating line.

The plywood and furniture plant at Cherepovets, located 600 kilometers northwest of Moscow, produces 350 m3 of panels daily for furniture applications.

In addition to the ClassiFormer units, Valmet will deliver a dividing device, sealing conveyor and process control equipment as well as supervision of installation and start-up.

The new forming lines are scheduled to be in operation in September 2000.

Valmet, the Fiber and Paper Technology business area within Metso, a world leading supplier of technologies, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper and panelboard industry was formed following the merger of Sunds Defibrator and Valmet Paper Machinery.

Metso Corporation was created through the merger of Valmet and Rauma on July 1, 1999 and comprises three business areas – Fiber and Paper Technology, Automation and Control Technology and Machinery. In 1999, the pro forma net sales of Metso amounted to EUR 3.4 billion. The combined number of employees was approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges. -

For further information, contact: Boris Beg, Valmet Office in Moscow Tel. +7 095 209 2836 Fax +7 503 956 3348 Harri Eela, Valmet Panelboard OY, Loviisa, Finland Tel. +358 20482 174 Fax +358 20482 175