Metso Corporation : Metso signs multi-year agreement to manage mill
maintenance at Australian Paper's Maryvale Mill
Metso Corporation's press release on June 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. local time
The agreement covers maintenance operations for three pulp lines and five
Metso and Australian Paper have signed a multi-year agreement for Metso to
manage the mill maintenance operations at the Maryvale Mill in Victoria,
Australia. Metso will manage all maintenance systems and procedures at the
mill and be responsible for optimizing maintenance costs and developing
maintenance quality. The agreement became effective on June 1, 2013. The value
of the agreement will not be disclosed.
The Maryvale Mill has three pulp lines, five papermaking machines, an
elemental chlorine free bleach plant, pulp lapping machine, finishing facility
and a waste paper processing plant. The objective of the agreement with Metso
is to achieve world-class maintenance standards at the Maryvale Mill. Metso
will assist Australian Paper with the skills development of maintenance staff
and employees, as well as with improved planning and productivity. Metso's
mill maintenance model optimizes the use of Total Productive Maintenance
(TPM), Metso's streamlined reliability centered maintenance (Applied RCM) and
condition-based maintenance. The model ensures the highest possible equipment
efficiency and cost optimization.
"We are pleased to announce Metso will be our Alliance partner to work with
Australian Paper to achieve world-class maintenance," says Jim Henneberry,
CEO, Australian Paper. "Metso is a world-class maintenance supplier and
original equipment manufacturer to the pulp and paper industry globally. Their
significant worldwide expertise and professionalism will greatly benefit our
operations at Maryvale."
"Through common goals, true cooperation and leveraging one another's strengths
I am confident we have the foundation to achieve sustainable success at the
Maryvale Mill. This agreement reinforces our position and marks another
significant milestone in growing our Services business," says Pierre de
Villiers, Vice President, Sales, Australia and New Zealand, Pulp, Paper and
Australian Paper is Australia's largest manufacturer of fine papers for print
and office applications and produces high-quality packaging papers. Australian
Paper employs over 1,400 Australians and supplies more than 500,000 tonnes of
product within Australia and around the world. Australian Paper is part of
Nippon Paper Group that consists of approximately 180 affiliates and related
companies. The Maryvale Mill is Australia's largest integrated fine
paper-making and packaging papers complex, producing more than 500,000 tonnes
of paper every 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.
As of January 2014, Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business will serve its
customers with an even more focused and competitive approach as an
independent, listed company, Valmet Corporation*.
*Pending Metso EGM approval.
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:
Pierre de Villiers, Vice President, Sales, Australia and New Zealand, Pulp,
Paper and Power, Metso, tel. +61417055564
Jukka Koiranen, Director, Mill Maintenance, Services business line, Pulp,
Paper and Power, Metso, tel. +358 40545 6173
Jukka Tiitinen, President, Services business line, Pulp, Paper and Power,
Metso, tel. +358 40 740 6178 or +1 404 433 0937
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