HELSINKI, Finland, May 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Metso will supply altogether hundreds of valves for Stora Enso's conversion of the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to light-weight containerboard. In addition, Metso has carried out an installed base audit of its valves in the recycled fiber plant. The analysis ensures applicability and future performance of the valves in the rebuild. Metso also takes care of the spare part inventory services to the mill.
The valve delivery contains Metso's Neles® ball valves, V-port segment valves and triple eccentric Neldisc® butterfly valves for on-off and control applications. The control valves are equipped with Metso's ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have capability for advanced performance follow-up. They also allow predictive maintenance planning activities.
In the installed base audit of its valves conducted in the recycled fiber plant in Varkaus, Metso analyzed the applicability of the valves for the plant's process and made recommendations for future maintenance needs. Properly scheduled maintenance activities with the spare part inventory services support mill availability, process performance and enhance risk control.
"Stora Enso and Metso have a long-term relationship in the Varkaus Mill. We are pleased that Stora Enso counts on our expertise to meet their valve solutions needs. In addition to the valve supply contract, the results of Metso's audit ensure that they can utilize the existing valve equipment in the containerboard machine, and the necessary maintenance measures can be foreseen and scheduled. Our spare part inventory services ensure that critical parts are available for them. This will bring cost savings and will ensure optimum process efficiency," emphasizes Marko Lindeman, Sales Director, Pulp and Paper industry in Finland, Metso.
Metso and Stora Enso have a long-term relationship. Metso's flow control solutions are contributing to Stora Enso's process efficiency at several plants globally.
The order was included in Metso's first-quarter 2015 and 2014 fourth-quarter orders received. The values of the orders are not disclosed. The rebuilt containerboard machine is scheduled to start up during the fourth quarter of 2015.
Leading flow control offering and service solutions to pulp and paper customers
Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry. Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally - about 75% of the world's pulp flows through Metso's valves. Additionally, Metso is one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers.
Metso has strong pulp and paper industry expertise in valve solutions, and its comprehensive value-added services improve customers' process efficiency. Metso's flow control offering and services for the pulp and paper industry focus on three main areas: solving technical and process issues, improving business performance, and managing a business area. Today Metso has more than 40 valve and field device service centers worldwide.
Metso's valve technology centers and valve production facilities are located in Finland, the United States, Germany, China, South Korea, India and Brazil.
Stora Enso in brief
Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper. Our aim is to replace non-renewable materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 27 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2014 were EUR 10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) on the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.
Metso is the world's leading industrial company in the mining and aggregates industries and in the flow control business. Our knowledge, people and solutions help drive sustainable improvements in performance and profitability in our customers' businesses.
Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety. Our products range from mining and construction equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our solutions are delivered and supported by decades of process knowledge and a broad scope of services backed by a global footprint of over 90 service centers, thousands of service employees, and an extensive logistics network.
Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2014, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.7 billion. Metso employs approximately 14,000 industry experts in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
For further information, please contact:
Marko Lindeman, Sales Director, Pulp and Paper industry in Finland, Flow Control, Metso, Tel. + 358 20 483 6008, Email: marko.lindeman(at)metso.com
Jussi Ollila, Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Metso Corporation, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, Email: jussi.ollila(at)metso.com