Global engineering corporation Metso will establish its third service centre in china, which will provide machinery maintenance and process development services to the pulp and paper making industry in Northern China. Metso’s investment in the new centre will amount to over EUR 10 million.
Located in Zibo, Shandong province, the new service centre is expected to be operational in 2009. In the beginning, the centre will employ 40 service professionals.
The centre will feature a fully equipped roll service workshop providing rolls, roll covers as well as mechanical roll maintenance for all makes and sizes of pulp and paper machines. In addition, it will offer a full scope of spare part and mill site services. The Shandong centre will also have the facilities to manufacture ceramic roll covers.
Metso says the establishment of the new Shandong service centre is a continuation of its commitment to serve the Chinese pulp and paper industry locally. In line with this commitment, Metso has been steadily strengthening its local service operations in China.
Metso’s two other Service Centres in China include the Wuxi service centre in Jiangsu province and the Guangzhou service centre in Guangdong which will start its operation in November.
The company’s 2007 net sales were more than EUR 6bn; to date it has more than 27,000 employees in approximately 50 countries.