Chinese containerboard group commissions Kadant for 34 MultiJet cleaning systems to be installed on four new paper machines, six existing paper machines in H2; cleaning systems remove contaminants from paper dryer fabrics

WESTFORD, Massachusetts , March 7, 2012 (press release) – Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) announced in its February earnings call that its Kadant Johnson Corporation (Wuxi) Ltd. and Kadant M-Clean AB subsidiaries have received orders from a major containerboard group in China for 34 MultiJet cleaning systems. The systems are scheduled to be installed on four new paper machines and six existing paper machines in the second half of 2012.

“These orders in China result from the type of synergy we identified when we acquired M-Clean Papertech,” said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant Inc. “The combination of our strong presence in China along with the innovative products from Kadant M-Clean has resulted in these significant orders for cleaning and conditioning products. The addition of Kadant M-Clean and its product offerings to our water management lineup offers our customers an expanded portfolio of advanced technologies from which to choose, and we continue to be encouraged by the high level of market interest in this product line.”

The MultiJet cleaning system utilizes high-pressure water in combination with an effective evacuation and air knife system. The patented cleaning method offers excellent results in removing contaminants from the paper dryer fabrics without leaving moisture streaks or lowering paper quality. To date, more than 350 installations of the MultiJet cleaning system have been made throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

About Kadant

Kadant is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Our stock-preparation, fluid-handling, doctoring, and water-management equipment and systems are designed to increase efficiency and improve quality in pulp and paper production. Many of our products, particularly in our fluid-handling product line, are also used to optimize production in other process industries. In addition, we produce granules from papermaking byproducts for agricultural and lawn and garden applications. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenues of $335 million in 2011 and 1,700 employees in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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