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

Metso to supply paper-to-packaging grade conversion rebuild for Blue Paper in 
HELSINKI, FINLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/13 -- 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
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
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
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/m^2. 
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,
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., 
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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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