Finnish paper mill Metso will supply a fine paper production line to APRIL Fine Paper (Guangdong) Co. Ltd., to the company's mill in Xin Hui, Guangdong province, China. The start-up of the production line is scheduled for the last quarter of 2011. The value of the order is not disclosed, but the market value of this size of a production line is about EUR 80-120 million.
Metso's delivery will comprise a complete production line for woodfree uncoated paper including a stock preparation system, a paper machine, two winders and an extensive automation package. The annual production capacity will be 450,000 tonnes. The paper machine design speed is 1,800 m/min.
APRIL Fine Paper (Guangdong) Co. Ltd is part of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) which is one of the world's largest producers of bleached hardwood Kraft pulp in the world and it owns pantations and forest concessions in Indonesia.
The new production line will cause an increase of fiber need by APRIL, a company accuses by environmental NGO to convert precoius Indonesian rainforests and peatlands in pulp plantations.
In May 2009 APRIL subsidy PT Sumatera Silpa Lestari, was reported to make use of violence while deporting the villagers of Tangun, in the Kampar peninsuala (Sumatra, Indonesia) a peat rich forest area.