Valmet upgrades Weyerhaeuser, Dryden PM 2 in Canada

Published June 06, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet has received an order from Weyerhaeuser Co. to upgrade the PM 2 fine paper machine in Dryden, Ontario. The machine primarily makes xerographic paper. The project will improve product quality and speed. The Valmet deliveries will take place in April and start-up is scheduled for May 2001.

The Valmet delivery package will consist of a stock preparation upgrade, including screens and pulper modifications; press section rebuild to include shoe press; dryer section rebuild, including Vac roll conversion; runnability components, and ventilation improvement. The SymSizer will be modified as well. Neles Automation will supply a Sensodec vibration monitoring system.

The Dryden PM 2 project is a continuation of the companies' extensive cooperation, which has involved several projects over the years. It is also a significant project for the entire Canadian paper industry, which has recently experienced a lengthy period of low investment activity.

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 1999, the sales were USD 12.3 billion. It has offices or operations in 13 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities.

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 amounted to EUR 1.7 billion with 10,600 empolyees.

Valmet is a part of Metso Corporation, which comprises three business areas: Fiber and Paper Technology (Valmet), Automation and Control Technology (Neles Automation), and Machinery. In 1999, the net sales of Metso amounted to EUR 3.4 billion. The number of employees was approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.