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ABB wins consulting agreement covering 10 NewPage mills in North America

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ABB wins consulting agreement covering 10 NewPage mills in North America

April 14, 2010 - 04:20

WESTERVILLE, OH, April 14, 2010 (Press Release) -ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an agreement for reliability consulting in 10 mills throughout US and Canada.

The scope for the first phase of the potential multi-million dollar engagement includes Strategic Planning, World-Class Reliability Benchmarking and Implementation Design.

"In order to improve our shareholder profitability, we sought a company who could help implement a new phase of operational excellence across ten diverse sites," said George Martin, Senior Vice President, NewPage Paper Operations. "Because of ABB's ability to drive and deliver common best practices at multiple mills, we selected ABB as our reliability partner."

ABB's Reliability Consulting group (a part of Global Consulting) has helped customers for more than 40 years increase profitability by reducing costs and maximizing production efficiency by benchmarking existing processes and implementing methodologies to build, improve and sustain world-class reliability.

"ABB Reliability Services drives customer profitability through improved maintenance and reliability," said Magnus Pousette, head of ABB Reliability Services North America. "By bringing proven best reliability practices to our customers, we add new value to their bottom line."

Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with $3.1 billion in net sales for 2009. The company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty papers.