Metso Corporation : Metso celebrates 80th anniversary in China
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 Kähkönen, 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
"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
"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, Kähkönen. In April, Mr. Kähkönen was part
of a business delegation that accompanied the President of the Republic of
Finland, Sauli Niinistö, on his state visit to China and participated in the
meeting with the Premier of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, in
"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 Helsinki Ltd.
For further information, please contact:
Perttu Louhiluoto, President, Automation, Metso, tel. +358 20 484 2224
Jukka Seppälä, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Trade Policy, Metso,
tel. +358 20 484 3106
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