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Metso to Rebuild M-real’s Board Machines
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Helsinki, Finland 30 November 2010 -- Metso will rebuild two board machines for M-real in Finland to increase capacity and improve quality: the cartonboard machine at the Simpele mill and the kraftliner machine at the Kemiart Liners mill in Kemi. The start-up of the rebuilt Simpele machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011 and that of the rebuilt Kemiart Liners machine for the third quarter of 2011. The combined value of the orders is below EUR 20 million. The order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology’s Q4 orders received.

Metso's delivery to the Simpele mill will include a rebuild of the forming section, press section including a new shoe press and the dryer section. After the rebuild, the annual capacity of the Simpele mill will be approx. 300,000 tonnes, making the Simpele machine the biggest folding boxboard machine in Europe.

Metso’s delivery to the Kemiart Liners mill will include a coating section rebuild. Additionally, a coating drying rebuild will replace old gas infrared dryers with energy efficient high-drying-capacity air dryers. The rebuild will further improve the coated white top liner quality produced.

M-real is Europe’s leading primary fibre paperboard producer and a major paper supplier. The company’s customers include brand owners, carton printers, converters, publishers, printing houses, merchants and office suppliers. In 2009, the company’s sales totalled EUR 2.4 billion, and it has approximately 4,700 employees. M-real is part of the Metsäliitto Group.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 27,000 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com

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