Metso to Supply New Papermaking Line to Nippon Paper

May 10, 2006 (Press Release) - Nippon Paper Industries has selected Metso Paper to supply most of the technology for its new 350,000 tpy papermaking line to be built at its Ishinomaki mill in northeastern Honshu, Japan. The total value of the Metso order, which extensively covers technology for papermaking, paper finishing, air systems and automation, exceeds Euro 80 million.

The new production line is due to start up in late September 2007.

Nippon Paper Industries Ishinomaki PM N6, as it is called, will be the first new papermaking unit in Japan since 1998. Largely relying on Metso Paper's OptiConcept technology, it will produce both fine paper and light-weight coated grades in a basis weight range of 51 to 79 g/m2. With a wire width of 9.45 m and a design speed of 1,800 m/min, it will be among the largest paper machines ever constructed in the country.

Nippon Paper Industries, which forms a major part of Nippon Paper Group, is Japan's leading paper producer. The Ishinomaki mill currently runs 11 paper machines producing a total of 900,000 tons per year.

The entire Nippon Paper Group produces approx. 7.4 million tons per year of paper and board with a total of approx. 90 paper machines at 23 mills in Japan, 2 in the U.S., 3 in China and 1 in Finland. The Group dominates the domestic Japanese paper market with a 26 % market share.

SOURCE: Metso Paper

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