Metso Corporation : Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business to initiate a cost
reduction program to improve its competitiveness
Metso Corporation's stock exchange release on April 23, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business is to initiate a global cost
competitiveness program to adapt to changes in the marketplace and improve
profitability. The program will target an annual cost reduction of
approximately EUR 100 million by 2016.
"The program is aimed at improving our cost competitiveness in a market that
is continuing to experience major structural changes," says Pasi Laine,
President of Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business. "We are also aiming to
improve our profitability with the help of the program."
Permanent structural changes in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business'
operating environment have impacted its operations and undermined its
competitiveness and profitability. The underlying reasons for the situation
lie in the continuing downturn in demand for paper machinery and the growing
trend towards cheaper technology solutions.
"New communications technologies are continuing to weaken the consumption of
printing and writing paper grades and have been reflected in a slow-down in
the market for new paper machines. A lighter cost structure and greater
flexibility will be essential to competing more effectively as we move
forward," Pasi Laine says.
"In the power generating sector, we are also experiencing a slower investment
cycle in Europe and a significant decrease in demand in North America due to
low energy prices resulting from the increased use of shale gas. We must take
action to reduce our overall costs if we are to be able to reach our targeted
profitability level on new orders," he adds.
Planning of the program will now begin in all of Metso Pulp, Paper and Power's
organisations, at all locations. As planning continues and becomes more
concrete, information will be made available to employees and stakeholders in
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.
www.metsopaper.com, www.metso.com/power, www.twitter.com/MetsoPulpPaper
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:
Pasi Laine, President, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20
Harri Nikunen, CFO, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20484 3010
VP, Investor Relations
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd
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