Ahlstrom announces price increases on its nonwoven food packaging products

Ahlstrom, a leader in high performance fiber-based materials, today announced price increases on its nonwoven food packaging products. The price increases shall be on average 8-12% depending upon the individual products. The price increase is a result of the escalation in raw material and energy costs, many of which have reached record levels. The products affected are infusion materials, such as tea bag materials and coffee pod filter papers as well as reinforcements used in fibrous meat casings.

The timing of the increases will depend on the nature of the products, existing contracts and invoicing currencies. The detailed actions will be discussed with customers through the appropriate business teams.

Ahlstrom is one of the leading producers of infusion products and reinforcements for meat casings. These products are manufactured at Ahlstrom's plants in Chirnside, UK, and in Windsor Locks, USA.

For further information, please contact:
Gary Byrom, Director of Marketing, Food products, tel: +44 1890 819 346
Richard Clist, Business Manager Food Products, The America's, tel: +1 860 654 8339

Press contact:
Francesca Camerano, Communications Director, Nonwovens Business Area, tel +39 011 9260 163

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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, such as filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. Based upon its unique fiber expertise and innovative approach, the company has a strong market position in several business areas in which it operates. Ahlstrom's 6,500 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2006, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.6 billion. Ahlstrom's share is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. The company website is www.ahlstrom.com.