Sappi commissions Metso to supply four modern Metso IQ system replacements to paper machines at its facilities in Stockstadt, Germany, Maastricht, Netherlands, and Alfred, Germany; replacements planned for this year

HELSINKI , August 11, 2011 (press release) – Target for the investment is to further enhance end product quality and increase raw material savings which, among other benefits, will also have a positive environmental impact.

Metso will supply four modern Metso IQ systems to replace four aging quality control systems in three separate Sappi mills in Europe. The delivery includes a total of twelve scanners for three paper machines in Stockstadt and Maastricht as well as one coater in Alfeld, the latter also including four Metso IQ Coating Profilers.

The replacements are planned for August, September and December 2011.

Sappi Fine Paper Europe is the leading producer of coated fine paper in Europe with an annual capacity of approximately 4 million tons of coated and uncoated paper brands.

Metso IQ quality control system including high-level intelligent control applications optimize the cross machine performance for papermaking processes. It integrates process quality management, measurements and profile controls resulting faster startups and grade changes, reduced dryer breaks and better runnability with stable short circulation improving uniformity of the wet sheet.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 29,000 employees in more than 50 countries.

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