Metso Paper is to supply a large 100 million Euro papermaking line to the UPM-Kymmene Changshu Paper Industry Company in China.
In addition to supplying a paper machine, Metso Paper will also deliver air systems and winders. The company’s sister company Metso Automation will supply the automation system for the machine, while Metso Drives will supply the mechanical drives.
The new paper machine itself will have a wire width of 10.4m and a speed of 2,000 m/min. The annual production capacity of the new line will be 450,000 tons of uncoated copy and offset papers.
The UPM-Kymmene Changshu mill is located along the Yangtse River, approximately 100 km from Shanghai. After the start-up of the new machine, the production capacity of the mill will be 800,000 tons of fine paper per year.
UPM-Kymmene is one of the leading paper companies in the world. UPM-Kymmene’s net sales in 2002 were 10.5 billion Euros and it employed approximately 36,000 people.
The production line is due to start up in summer 2005.