Ehime Paper's rebuilt tissue PM No. 8 at mill in Ehime, Japan, running at design speed after starting up in August; project, supplied by future Valment and Kawanoe Zoki, boosted production capacity and efficiency, improved tissue quality

HELSINKI , December 9, 2013 (press release) – In order to increase capacity, tissue quality and efficiency, Ehime Paper has rebuilt its PM 8 in Ehime prefecture in Japan. The tissue machine which has been redesigned in line with the Advantage DCT 135 Technology, smoothly came on stream at the end of August and is currently running at guaranteed design speed, 1900 m/min producing facial tissue of high quality and low basis weight.

The rebuild, jointly supplied by Kawanoe Zoki and Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, includes an Advantage DCT 135 forming section, press section, Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, and a Yankee dryer as well as an Advantage WetDust dust handling system.

Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business and Kawanoe Zoki have previously installed Ehime Paper's PM 11 at the same mill, which has been producing high quality tissue paper at guaranteed design speed since the start-up in 2003.

Ehime Paper is a member of Kami Shoji Group, the fourth biggest supplier of tissue paper in Japan. Ehime Paper is producing box tissue, toilet paper and corrugated board products for the Japanese market.

Kawanoe Zoki is a leading Japanese machinery maker in the pulp and paper industry. Their products range from papermaking to converting. Ever since their establishment in 1944, their machines, such as the patented BestFormer, have contributed to the developments in the tissue industry in Asia.

The future Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day.

Valmet has over 200 years of industrial history and will be reborn through the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group on 31 December 2013. Valmet's net sales in 2012 were approximately EUR 3 billion. Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

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