Valmet's offer for Beloit's paper machine service assets accepted by the bankruptcy court

Published Feb 09, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

The offer by Metso Corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Valmet, to purchase certain assets of the American paper machine manufacturer, Beloit, has been approved also by the Bankruptcy Court. The decision will be final after 11 days assuming no appeal is filed. The offer included Beloit's roll cover division, paper machine aftermarket business assets and the related paper machine technology. The auction price of the businesses offered was USD 160 million.

This acquisition strengthens Metso's position on the maintenance and upgrading market, which is growing faster than the investment market for new machinery and plants. Metso's growth in this area is supported by its new customer service concept Future Care. Beloit's current installed machinery base provides a strong platform for growth especially on the North American market.

Metso's offer was approved by the Creditor's Committee under Beloit owner, Harnischfeger's Chapter 11 process in January. The deals also requires the approval of the competition authorities. This process is estimated to be completed during the coming few months.

The business in question employ about 800 people in 6 service centers with roll covering capabilities in the USA and France.

For additional information, please contact: Sakari Tamminen, Senior Vice President, CFO, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3010 Juhani Pakkala, President, Valmet Corporation, tel. +358 40 755 9972