GL&V's Pulp and Paper Group Awarded a Contract Worth Close to $60 Million



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    Following the acquisition of state-of-the-art technologies
    in December 2006, the Pulp and Paper Group will supply a complete pulp
    processing system as part of a major pulp mill upgrade in Portugal.
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    MONTREAL, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - (Note: All amounts are expressed in
Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.) Management of GROUPE LAPERRIERE
& VERREAULT INC. ("GL&V" or "the Company"; ticker symbols GLV.A, GLV.B/TSX) is
pleased to announce that its Pulp and Paper Group, through its new technology
centre in Karlstad (Sweden), has been awarded its largest contract ever: an
order worth approximately $60 million for the design, manufacture and turnkey
installation of a complete pulp washing, oxygen delignification and pulp
bleaching system, based on the new COMPACT PRESS(TM) wash press technology.
This contract is part of a large-scale project to expand a eucalyptus-based
bleached pulp mill owned by Cellulose Beira Industrial (Celbi), S.A., in
Portugal. The system is planned for commissioning in September 2008. The
contract includes the supply of the largest wash press in the industry.
    The washing, oxygen delignification, and bleaching technologies of
Kvaerner Pulping, including the COMPACT PRESS(TM), DUFLO(TM) pumps, and
DUAL(TM) line of mixers were acquired by GL&V in December 2006, concurrently
with the acquisition of other state-of-the-art technologies including the
SuperBatch cooking technology. These technologies were specifically designed
to meet the global pulp and paper industry's growing need for increased mill
production capabilities and efficiency. Subsequent to this acquisition, GL&V's
Pulp and Paper Group has established a chemical pulping technology centre in
Karlstad, Sweden, in order to strengthen its European and global presence.
    "Being awarded this major contract reinforces GL&V's position as a
world-class provider of state-of-the-art solutions for the pulp and paper
industry. Considering the size of the order and the quality of our customer's
facilities, it will also become an excellent showcase in the eyes of the
global pulp and paper industry, and could hence pave the way for other
significant market developments in the future," states Richard Verreault,
President and Chief Operating Officer of GL&V. "This order also attests to the
merits of our acquisition strategy, one of the key objectives of which is to
equip each of our groups with high-performance technologies that will enable
them to offer comprehensive value-added solutions to customers, and thereby
position themselves solidly for the long term in their respective markets. In
fact, thanks to the acquisition completed in December 2006 and the start-up of
its new high-technology centre, our Pulp and Paper Group now ranks among the
world's top providers of pulp process equipment, with a product portfolio
using some of the most advanced technologies worldwide. The COMPACT PRESS(TM)
is the latest washing technology on the market today."


    Profile
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    Founded in 1975, GL&V is a world leader in liquid/solid separation
technologies used in a large number of industrial, municipal and environmental
processes. The Process Group offers an extensive selection of liquid/solid
separation solutions intended for metal and minerals processing, as well as
industrial and environmental processes used in various other markets such as
pulp and paper, energy, chemicals, petrochemicals and food processing. The
Pulp and Paper Group specializes in the design and marketing of equipment used
in various stages of pulp and paper production, notably pulp preparation and
sheet formation, and is a recognized leader in rebuilding, upgrading and
optimization services for existing pulp and paper equipment. The Water
Treatment Group specializes in the development and marketing of equipment for
the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, drinking water and
process water used in various industrial processes, as well as water intake
screening solutions for power stations and refineries. Finally, an operating
unit, GL&V Manufacturing, specializes in the production of large custom-made
parts for external customers involved mainly in the pulp and paper and energy
sectors, as well as GL&V's other units. GL&V is present in 40 countries on six
continents and has approximately 2,400 employees.




For further information:

For further information: Investors: Marc Barbeau, Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer, (514) 284-2224, www.glv.com; Media: Amély Tremblay,
(514) 289-8688, ext.# 226

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