Ahlstrom announces price increases for its abrasive base papers, electro papers and pre-impregnated décor papers

Release, October 5, 2007, 11.00

Ahlstrom, a global leader in high performance fiber-based materials, today announced price increases globally on its abrasive base papers, electro papers as well as pre-impregnated décor papers, due to the continuous rise of raw materials, energy and transportation costs.

The price increases shall be on average 5-7%. The timing and level 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 abrasive base papers, electro papers and pre-impregnated décor papers. Those materials are mainly used in the automotive, electrical and building as well as in furniture industries and are manufactured in Ahlstrom Osnabrück plant, Germany.

For further information, please contact:

Patrick Jeambar, Senior Vice President, Technical Papers: +33 (0)4 76 45 35 15, patrick.jeambar@ahlstrom.com

Juergen Oess, Vice President & General Manager, Osnabrück, +49 (0)541 604 333, juergen.oess@ahlstrom.com

Holger Arnold, Product Line Director, Abrasive and Electro Insulating Papers, +49 (0) 541 604 290, holger.arnold@ahlstrom.com

Hans-Gerd Fischer, Product Line Director, Pre-impregnated Décor Papers, +49 (0) 541 604 306, hans-gerd.fischer@ahlstrom.com

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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 6,200 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.