Future Valmet to sharpen its focus on biomass based energy production business
Metso Corporation's press release on December 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. local time
Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, offers biomass, waste
and coal based heat and power generation solutions in its energy business. In
the field of biomass based energy production solutions, Valmet will sharpen its
focus on the product portfolio. In the future, Valmet's offering will cover
boiler islands, small power plants based on bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) and
BioGrate combustion technologies, and large heating plants based on BFB and
As a result of this process, Valmet will divest its small-scale heating plant
business and related services operations in Finland, Russia and Sweden. The
price of the transactions will not be disclosed.
Transactions in Finland and Russia
The small-scale heating plant business in Finland and Russia will be sold to
Finnish company KPA Unicon. This business is currently part of MW Power Oy and
the revenue of the business has been around EUR 20 million annually. The asset
deal covers in Finland the operations in Kiuruvesi, including a production unit,
and in Russia the service business in Moscow. The Finnish operations have 68 and
Russian operations 4 employees.
The scope of the divestment includes small-scale heating plants, typically under
25 MWth, based on BioGrate and pellet technologies, fire-tube oil and gas
boilers, and related services.
At the same time Valmet and KPA Unicon have signed a cooperation agreement
covering development of BioGrate and pellet technologies, production of modules
and grate manufacturing.
In Finland, the closing of the transaction will happen by the end of January
2014. The Russian service business will be transferred during the first quarter
Transactions in Sweden
Valmet has signed a contract to divest the small-scale heating plant business in
Sweden to a part of current MW Power AB management. The MBO (Management Buyout)
scope covers the operations in SÃ¤vsjÃ¶, including a production unit with 42
employees. The closing of the transaction is targeted to happen by early
The scope of the divestment includes small-scale pellet heating plants, oil and
gas boilers, and related services. The revenue of the business has been around
EUR seven million annually.
KPA Unicon Group specializes in turnkey boiler plant projects, and operation and
maintenance related life cycle services for boiler plants. The goal is to offer
complete solutions for the Customer's heat and steam requirements as well as
support services during the plant's operating time and maintenance. KPA Unicon
Group's turnover in the last financial year (2012) was about 30 million euros
and profit about 3.8 million. The Group employs 70 professionals in the field of
The head office is located at PieksÃ¤mÃ¤ki, Finland. www.kpaunicon.com
The future Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of
services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000
professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to
moving our customers' performance forward - every day.
Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and
plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes
entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power
plants for bio-energy production.
The company has over 200 years of industrial history and will be reborn through
the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group on 31
December 2013. Valmet's net sales in 2012 were approximately EUR 3 billion.
Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.
Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the
process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and
oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries contribute to
sustainability and deliver profitability to customers worldwide. Metso's shares
are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
For further information, please contact:
Jorma Lehtoviita, VP, Strategy, Heat and Power Generation, Pulp and Energy
business line, future Valmet, tel. +358 (0)10 672 0000
Jukka-Pekka Kovanen, Managing Â Director, KPA Unicon, tel. +358 (0) 207 749 203
Anders Steen, Managing Director, MW Power AB, tel +46 70 188 37 38
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