M-real sells Savon Sellu (2 December, 2004)

M-real Corporation Stock Exchange Bulletin 2.12.2004 at 10 a.m.

M-real Corporation has signed an agreement to sell the business operations of
Savon Sellu to a company to be founded by Dr. Dermot F. Smurfit in his private
capacity and a group of other international investors. The parties to the deal
have set the total price at about EUR 20 million out of which about EUR 12
million is related to Savon Sellu's fixed assets. The deal is expected to come
into force as from the beginning of 2005. 
Savon Sellu was established in 1968 and it produces semi chemical fluting,
which is used in fruit and vegetable packaging, for example. Savon Sellu's
annual production capacity is 245,000 tonnes and the plant employs 252 people.
The current employees of Savon Sellu will move to the new company. 
The deal is part of M-real's action plan to divest its non-core assets.


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M-real Corporation is a European paper and paperboard company with nearly
16,500 employees. M-real provides fibre-based solutions for consumer packaging,
communications and advertising end-uses. Through its worldwide sales network,
M-real serves its customers consisting mostly of publishers, printers, paper
merchants, offices and well-known consumer product companies. The turnover of
M-real in 2003 amounted to 6 billion euros. The company is headquartered in
Finland, and it is listed in the Helsinki Stock Exchange. 


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