Ahlstrom to install new air filter media line in Texas, USA

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE 2.2.2007 at 8.00
Ahlstrom Corporation, a leader in high performance fiber-based materials, today announced that it will invest EUR 5 million in a new drylaid nonwoven line to serve the North American air filtration market. The new line, located at Ahlstrom's Groesbeck, TX, facility, is expected to start at the beginning of 2008.
The Groesbeck site currently operates six drylaid and needlepunch nonwoven lines dedicated to producing filter media. The new line will incorporate the latest advances in drylaid nonwoven equipment and provide Ahlstrom with an additional fast and modern asset to better serve the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) filter media market in North America. The line will be particularly well suited to manufacture products for the medium efficiency range and offer solutions to the growing demand for unsupported filter media.
"By installing state of the art equipment in Texas, we are providing our customers with more advanced products, closer to their locations", commented Scott Murdock, Vice President Filtration for North America. "With the combination of our Darlington, SC and Groesbeck, TX sites, customers will benefit from a complete product offering and geographical coverage".
Ahlstrom's Filtration business area is the leading manufacturer of filtration materials with 12 production sites across four continents.
For further information, please contact:
Jukka Moisio, President and CEO, Ahlstrom Corporation, + 358 10 888 4700, jukka.moisio@ahlstrom.com

Scott Murdock, VP Filtration North America, +1 860 654 8362, scott.murdock@ahlstrom.com

Jerome Barrillon, Director Marketing, Filtration, +1 860 654 8607, jerome.barrillon@ahlstrom.com
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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 5,700 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.