Metso, a global supplier headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, received three contracts to rebuild and augment paper-making equipment.

Fine Paper Machine. Domtar Corp. selected Metso to rebuild its PM 5 fine paper machine at its Plymouth, N.C., mill for fluff pulp production. The existing fine paper machine was rebuilt and converted to fluff pulp production. The contract included a new wet end and a rebuild of the finishing equipment needed for fluff pulp production. Metso supplied a new wire section and a headbox equipped with a profiling system, a steambox, a new press section, and dryer modifications, including a hood as well as reel and winder rebuilds.

Market Pulp Machine. Alabama Pine Pulp contracted with Metso for a rebuild of its market pulp machine in Claiborne, Ala., as the mill converts to roll fluff pulp production. Metso's delivery will include both a wet end rebuild as well as the new finishing equipment needed for roll fluff pulp production. The company will supply a new headbox, steambox, calender and winder. The rebuild will be completed in stages beginning in the spring of 2010, with the final completion in early 2011.

Alabama Pine Pulp is part of the Alabama River Group (ARG), a subsidiary of Parsons & Whittemore Inc., Rye Brook, N.Y.

Fine Paper Machines. Metso also will supply two fine paper machine rebuilds for Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd's subsidiary mills in China. The total value of the orders is approximately EUR 10 million. The orders are a continuation to Metso's earlier deliveries to Shandong Chenming Paper.

Metso's delivery to Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Paper's PM 1 in Wuhan, Hubei province, will include a film-size press, an air dryer and an upgrade of the after-dryer section. A rebuild of the press section with a shoe press and an upgrade at the bleached chemithermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) plant will be supplied to Shouguang Chenming Art Paper's PM 5 in Shouguang, Shandong province. The rebuilt Wuhan PM 1 is scheduled to start up late 2010, the rebuilt Shouguang PM 5 in 2011.