Ahlstrom announces price increases for flexible packaging and label papers

Ahlstrom, a leading global supplier of release base papers and specialty papers for flexible packaging, wet-glue and self-adhesive labeling, today announced that it will increase prices of its paper grades as a consequence of continuing cost escalation.
Oil prices have been rising rapidly for over two years, especially during last summer. This has adversely impacted many cost components in the highly energy intensive manufacturing of specialty papers. Additionally, prices of transportation and oil-based chemicals and raw materials have also risen.

These effects have significantly exceeded what can be considered normal inflation, for which the company strives to compensate with continuous efficiency improvements and cost-cutting programs. Several cellulose suppliers are also raising their prices. It is therefore inevitable that Ahlstrom should revise its price lists. Increases between 5% and 12% will be applied not later than December 1st, depending on different products and regions, and unless differently provided by existing contracts.

Ahlstrom sales personnel are contacting their customers in order to discuss the details with them over the coming weeks.

For further information, please contact:
Marco Martinez
Marketing and communications director
Label & Packaging papers
Via Stura 98,
I-10075 - Mathi (To), Italy
tel: + 39 011 92601 - fax +39 011 9269 617
e-mail: marco.martinez@ahlstrom.com