Our business

Ahlstrom plays an important role in the value chain. As a producer of specialty materials, we create value by adding know-how and advanced technology to fibers that we ensure are responsibly sourced. In close partnership with our customers, we develop fiber-based solutions that often perform vital functions in the value chains and have a positive impact as part of the end product or solution.

Our product offering facilitates a sustainable world by providing solutions with better performance, safer materials, fewer resources, and lower environmental impact. We deliver a clear value proposition for our customers that is based on innovation, quality, and customized service. Our customers use our solutions in a large variety of everyday applications within a broad range of end-uses that are underpinned by fundamental business drivers in today's society.

We have a global coverage with approximately 7,000 people with over 50 nationalities across the globe in 13 countries.


As of July 1st, 2022, Ahlstrom operates under five divisions.  

Filtration: Mission-critical air and liquid filtration applications.  

Food & Consumer Packaging
: Solutions for improved food safety, product preservation, and bacteria prevention, helping extend product life and protect human health. 

: Technologies serving essential societal uses in medical, laboratory, and life science settings including diagnostics, bioprocessing, and medical performance barriers. 

Building Materials
: Highly engineered building material applications for every face of the building.  

Technical Materials
: Highly technical applications including protective materials such as insulation, precision coating, tape, and others.  
We have a balanced exposure to a broad range of end-uses in multiple industries and geographies. Most of our businesses have a global leadership position, others a more regional market. All of our businesses are operating in growing markets and there are solid demand drivers in all segments. 

Breakdown of net sales and comparable EBITDA by our new divisions

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*Illustrations are approximations of the breakdown of net sales and comparable EBITDA.  


Global trends drive long-term demand

We are uniquely positioned to capture additional value from the growing markets for fiber-based specialty materials. Megatrends such as higher air and water quality requirements, restrictions on use of harmful chemicals, increasing health awareness as well as plastic-to-paper substitution and e-commerce in packaging will create significant growth opportunities.