Ahlstrom's personnel negotiations concluded with temporary layoffs in Kauttua

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE 4.12.2008
Ahlstrom has concluded the cooperation procedure at the Kauttua plant in Finland. As a result of the negotiations, the plant's Paper Machine 4 producing crepe paper will assume a five-day working model from December 8 to 23, 2008. Additionally 15 blue collar employees will be temporarily laid off for three weeks, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009 and 5 white collar employees for one week between December 29, 2008 and January 18, 2009.
The layoffs are targeted to adapt the production volumes of crepe paper to match the current demand and stock levels.
The layoffs will not affect the deliveries of crepe paper to customers.
Ahlstrom's crepe paper machine at the Kauttua plant is part of Ahlstrom's Technical Papers business area, which comprises eight product lines. Crepe papers is one of the product lines. In addition to Kauttua, Ahlstrom produces crepe papers in two other plants in Central Europe.
For further information:
Ahlstrom, Kauttua plant
Jaakko Rantanen
Technical Manager
Tel. +358 10 303 200
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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, 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 2007, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.8 billion. Ahlstrom's share is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. The company website is www.ahlstrom.com.