Appointment at Metso Corporate Communications

Helsinki, FINLAND

HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 21, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- M.Sc.(Econ) Helena Aatinen has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Metso Corporation (NYSE:MX), as of January 1, 2002. Helena Aatinen will be responsible for internal and external communications, investor communications, their development and media relations. Tarja Kivelae, Senior Vice President, Corporate communications, will transfer to special tasks as Director, Corporate Communications, focusing on the development of the corporate image.

Helena Aatinen and Tarja Kivelae will report to Sakari Tamminen, Executive Vice President and CFO of Metso Corporation.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. Metso's core businesses are divided between Metso Paper (fiber and paper technology), Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

Metso completed its offer for Svedala Industri AB on September 14, 2001. Svedala is a global supplier of products and services for rock and mineral processes. Metso's and Svedala's combined net sales are approximately EUR 5,400 million (in 2000) and the amount of personnel is approximately 32,000.


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