Metso, a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries, has registered progress in growth and profitability. Matti Kahkanen, President and CEO, Metso, said, "Metso's good progress continued during the first quarter. I am especially excited about the growth in both new orders and in net sales. Increasing volumes also positively contributed to our profitability." He added, "Demand in most of our customer industries is back to a relatively normal level with some variations by customer industry and geographic area. While demand picture is generally favourable there are also uncertainties related to fragility of economic recovery, inflationary pressures as well as high oil price.