ABB in full-service partnership for Canadian pulp mills

Partnership to provide US$ 220 million of maintenance services over five years; largest ever full-service agreement for ABB

Zurich, Switzerland, January 13, 2000 – ABB, the global technology company, has signed a full service partnership agreement with Fletcher Challenge Canada Limited (FCCL), of Vancouver, Canada, to service its three Canadian pulp mills. FCCL, a major Canadian pulp and paper company, is a majority-owned subsidiary of New Zealand-based Fletcher Challenge Paper.

Under the terms of the agreement, ABB and FCCL will create a 50-50 partnership to maintain all of the three mills’ assets. These include all electrical equipment, automation systems, the boilers for process steam, all kraft pulp processing equipment and pollution control systems. The partnership, to be called AllWin Technical Services Inc., will employ 380 people.

The pulp mills at Elk Falls and Crofton, both on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and at Mackenzie in the interior of the province, produce softwood kraft pulp and containerboard with a combined annual capacity of approximately 1 million metric tons.

This is the largest-ever full service agreement ABB has undertaken. It reflects the increasing trend among our industrial customers worldwide to work with outside experts to obtain the best service and maintenance solutions for their operations, while they focus on further developing their core businesses. ABB’s in-depth industrial expertise as a supplier to a broad range of industries positions the company well to meet this growing demand.

ABB has targeted the industrial service sector as one of its primary growth areas. Service and service-related activities throughout all of ABB’s businesses now represent about 25 percent of ABB’s total annual revenues.

ABB <http://www.abb.com> serves customers in power transmission and distribution; automation; oil, gas, and petrochemicals; industrial products and contracting; and in financial services. Power generation customers are served by the joint venture ABB ALSTOM POWER. The ABB Group employs about 170,000 people in more than 100 countries. (End)

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      ABB Canada, Quebec
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