25 Mar 2003

Upgrade Investment at Norske Skog Saugbrugs

Norske Skog will invest 90 million NOK at Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden. A rebuild of the mill's biggest paper machine (PM6) will be carried out to maintain its leading position as a producer of high quality magazine paper.

The PM6 at Halden is one of Norske Skog's biggest paper machines and produces supercalendered magazine paper (SC)*. The investment is a quality improvement initiative, and will not change the machines production capacity.
The paper machine was built ten years ago, and was a substantial part of the 3 billion NOK investment made at Norske Skog Saugbrugs at that time. The current rebuild secures Norske Skog's position as a supplier of magazine paper to demanding customers in Europe and USA - also for the future.
In addition to a new headbox, quality-improving equipment will be installed in the calender and technical improvements will be made in the dryer section. The rebuild is scheduled to start in approximately one year.
Today, PM6 at Norske Skog Saugbrugs produces approximately 300,000 tonnes of the mill's total capacity of more than 550,000 tonnes per year.
* Supercalendered magazine paper (SC) is wood-containing uncoated publication paper. The paper is given a mechanical surface treatment to give it a smoother surface and better printing caracteristics. It is used in catalogues, magazines, periodicals and printed adverstising.

Oxen°en, 25 March 2003

Corporate Communication