Metso celebrates 80th anniversary in China
HELSINKI, FINLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/13 -- Metso
Corporation's press release on June 6 2013, 3:30 p.m. local time
Chairman Yu Zhengsheng visited Metso in Helsinki, Finland
Metso is celebrating its 80-year presence in China this year. 2013
marks 80 years since one of Metso's predecessors, AB Karlstads
Mekaniska Werkstad, received an order for a paper machine from
Guangzhou Paper in 1933. Over the past eight decades, Metso has risen
to one of the top global suppliers of technology and services to
China's core process industries, including mining, construction, pulp
and paper, power, and oil and gas.
"We are very pleased to be celebrating 80 years of business and
partnerships in China with our 3,200 employees, more than 1,500
customers, and other stakeholders in China". Our deep roots in the
Chinese market, together with technology and comprehensive services
and solutions, provide an excellent foundation for serving our
customers and stakeholders. Helping our customers develop China's
infrastructure is one of the areas in which we have a lot to offer,"
says Matti Kahkonen, Metso's President and CEO.
2013 also marks the 60(th) anniversary of bilateral trade relations
between China and Finland. On May 31st, Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the
National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference, visited Metso's facilities in Helsinki, Finland. Chairman
Yu Zhengsheng was particularly interested in environmental technology
and, e.g., Metso's biomass gasification plant.
"We were honored to host Chairman Yu Zhengsheng's visit to Metso,"
says Metso's Perttu Louhiluoto, President, Automation. "In the Chinese
market, Metso's Automation business offers solutions and services e.g.
to the country's energy and hydrocarbon industries and the pulp and
paper industry. We are actively contributing to for example China's
pursuit of clean energy."
Metso is also contributing to China's mining and construction
industries. The company has announced a joint venture with LiuGong
Group Corp. Ltd, as well the acquisition of Shaorui Heavy Industries
Ltd. and a manganese steel foundry (JX).
"We will continue to work together with our customers and other
stakeholders to support China's sustainable development. Our
solutions and services help customers to increase their reliability,
improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions," says President and
CEO, Kahkonen. In April, Mr. Kahkonen was part of a business
delegation that accompanied the President of the Republic of
Finland, Sauli Niinistoe, on his state visit to China and
participated in the meeting with the Premier of the People's Republic
of China, Li Keqiang, in Beijing.
"The theme of Metso's anniversary is "Metso in China: 80 Years of
Sustainable Partnerships", highlighting Metso's committed long-term
partnerships with its Chinese customers. As part of the anniversary,
Metso launched an official Sina Weibo account in China, and a
dedicated mini-site (www.metso.com/80years) emphasizing Metso's
history and achievements with partners in China.
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
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