SOURCE: Stora Enso Oyj

January 28, 2008 06:22 ET

Stora Enso's SC paper machine in Shandong province, China inaugurated today

Stora Enso Oyj Press Release 28 January 2008 at 11:00 GMT

HELSINKI, FINLAND--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Stora Enso Oyj Press Release 28 January 2008 at 11:00 GMT

Stora Enso's Hannu Alalauri, EVP, Magazine Paper, and representatives of Huatai Paper and local government today inaugurated Stora Enso's 200 000 tonnes per year super-calendered (SC) paper machine at Dongying in Shandong province, China. The machine started production on 25 November 2007.

"The SC paper, which is based mainly on recovered paper, fills a gap in the market since there is currently no other manufacturer of SC paper in China. The SC paper machine is operated by Stora Enso Huatai Paper Company, in which Stora Enso has a 60% shareholding and its Chinese partner Shandong Huatai Paper 40%," says Markku Pentikäinen, Stora Enso EVP, Asia Pacific and Russia. The customers for the new SC paper are printing houses with heatset web offset printing facilities, retail chains, publishers, advertising companies, brand owners and merchants, mainly in the more developed coastal markets such as Beijing, the Yangtze river delta area (including Shanghai), Guangzhou and Shenzhen. There is also good potential in several inland cities with high populations. "Customers have chosen Stora Enso's SC paper because it is an interesting new paper quality that combines optimum printing properties with runnability in printing presses. It is ideal for their end-uses and available from a manufacturer in China. Our professional know-how in SC production and extensive sales network were also decisive," adds Markku Pentikäinen. The financial results of the joint venture are consolidated in Stora Enso's accounts and reported in the Magazine Paper business area.

For further information, please contact:
Markku Pentikäinen, EVP, Asia Pacific and Russia, tel. +358 400 498
Kari Vainio, EVP, Corporate Communications, tel. +44 7799 348 197
Keith B Russell, SVP, Investor Relations, tel. +44 20 7016 3146
Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, VP, Investor Relations and Financial
Communications, tel.+358 40 763 8767

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