Yet another speed record for UPM's fine paper machine at Kuusankoski, Finland

Published Feb 14, 2005 10.00.00 +2 GMT

The Metso Paper supplied paper making line at UPM Kuusankoski mill in Finland has again improved its earlier world speed record for fine paper machines. The PM 8 paper machine ran on February 11, 2005, at an average speed of 1 604 m/min (96.2 km/h) for a period of 24 hours, producing pre-coated fine paper.

The record-breaking machine was supplied by Metso Paper in 1983. In 2001, Metso Paper rebuilt the machine almost completely, modernizing both the wet end and the paper finishing equipment of the line. The PM 8 line produces coated fine papers. The wire width of the paper machine is 9.2 meters.

UPM is one of the world's leading forest product companies. The company's businesses focus on magazine papers, newsprint, fine and specialty papers, converting materials and wood products. The company's turnover in 2004 was close to EUR 10 billion and the amount of personnel approx. 33,400. UPM's shares are quoted on the Helsinki and New York stock exchanges.

More information: Petri Aspholm, Senior Paper Technology Manager, Metso Paper, Inc. Tel. +358 40 518 9109,