Metso supplies a tissue making line to A

Metso Corp.  Stock Exchange Release December 18, 2003 at 10.00 a.m.

Metso supplies a tissue making line to Algeria

Metso Paper will supply a tissue making line, including deinking plant
to SARL Ouate-Industries in Algeria. The new tissue mill will start up
in April 2005. The value of the order is approximately EUR 36 million.

The delivery will consist of a 2.7 m-wide tissue machine, a deinking
plant, a roll handling system, a rewinder, process machinery, piping,
electrification, field instruments, mill engineering, parts of the
utility systems and general ventilation. Furthermore, Metso Automation
will supply automation systems for the new plant. Metso Paper will
also be responsible for installation supervision and start-up,
including training as well as after-start-up service.

The tissue mill will annually produce 25,000 tons of facial tissue,
napkins, toilet paper, towel and machine-glazed paper. It will use
recycled fiber as its raw material.

SARL Ouate-Industries is a newly established tissue producer, and the
first tissue producer in the country. It is a part of the Tonic
Emballage Group, which is a major producer of boxboard packagings in

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery
and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The
corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso
Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation
and control technology (Metso Automation). In 2002, the net sales of
Metso Corporation were EUR 4.7 billion and the personnel totaled
approximately 28,500. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and
New York Stock Exchanges.

For additional information, please contact:

Per Eiritz, President, Tissue Business Line, Metso Paper,
tel. +46 54 17 14 94, mobile +46 70 517 14 94

Leif Forsberg, Senior Vice President, Tissue Business Line, Metso
tel. +46 54 17 13 10, mobile +46 70 517 13 10

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