Metso Corporation : Metso to supply paper-to-packaging grade conversion rebuild for Blue Paper in France

   Metso Corporation : Metso to supply paper-to-packaging grade conversion
                       rebuild for Blue Paper in France

Metso Corporation's press release on March 28, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. local time

The target is to produce packaging materials based on recycled raw materials

Metso will supply Blue Paper with a grade conversion rebuild of their paper
machine at their mill site in Strasbourg, France. The target is to produce
packaging materials on a paper machine that previously produced LWC, light
weight coated paper, a grade that is suffering from a drastic decline in
demand. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the last quarter
of 2013. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"This delivery is an example of much called-for innovative approach to the
structural change the paper industry is facing. By retrofitting the existing
printing paper machine with a few new key components Metso is able to provide
the customer and the Strasbourg papermaking community with a solution that
enables continuation of industrial operations on-site," says Markus Laitila,
Vice President of Paper Mills business unit, Metso.

The main part of the order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power fourth
quarter 2012 orders received. The automation system modification is included
in Automation's fourth quarter 2012 orders received.

Technical information

Metso's delivery will comprise headbox and forming area modernizations and
modernization of the press, dryer and sizing sections and reel. Metso will
also modify air systems and automation systems.

The original paper machine has a trimmed width of 8.5 m and it produced LWC
paper at a speed of 1,500 m/min. After the grade conversion rebuild, the paper
machine will have a high annual capacity of fluting and testliner grades in
the basis weight range of 70-130 g/m².

Blue Paper SAS is a joint venture established by the Belgian VPK Packaging
Group NV and the German Klingele Papierwerke. VPK Packaging Group NV is an
integrated packaging group with 33 companies across twelve European countries.
Klingele, a German family-owned company, is one of the leading independent
producers of containerboard and packaging made of corrugated board. The
company consists of one paper mill, six integrated corrugated plants and seven
converting plants in Europe and Africa. Klingele and VPK have a combined
corrugated packaging production of more than 1 million tonnes per year and a
paper production of 600,000 tonnes per year. 

Metso's pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes,
machinery, equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics. Our
offering and experience cover the entire process life cycle including new
production lines, rebuilds and services.,,
Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the
process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and
oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries contribute to
sustainability and deliver profitability to customers worldwide. Metso's
shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.,

For further information, please contact:
Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Paper
business line, Metso, tel. +358 40 744 8182

Harri Broms, Sales Manager, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Paper business
line, Metso, tel. +358 40 580 6421


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