Death at Ahlstrom's Stenay plant

Ahlstrom regrets to announce that on May 3, 2006 at approximately 20.30 hours, there was a death at its Stenay, France plant involving an employee of the company.

Ahlstrom and the local competent authorities are investigating the cause of the accident and more information will be made available once the investigations are complete.

The family of the deceased have been informed and Ahlstrom extends their sympathy to them.

Questions should be directed to the plant : Olivier Courtaux, tel: +33 (0) 3 2980 3010

Trade media please contact : Alistair Brown, tel: +44 (0) 7710 858288

Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance fiber-based materials. Nonwovens and specialty papers, made by Ahlstrom, are used in a large variety of everyday products, e.g. in filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. The company has a strong market position in several business areas in which it operates, built upon the company's unique fiber expertise and innovative approach. Ahlstrom's 5,600 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2005, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.55 billion. Ahlstrom's share is listed on the main list of the Helsinki Stock Exchange.