Ahlstrom announces price increases on its specialty papers worldwide

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE 1.10.2009 at 15.00
Ahlstrom, a global leader in the development and manufacture of high performance nonwovens and specialty papers, today announced price increases on all of its specialty paper grades, as a consequence of the rise of raw material and energy costs.
Prices for all paper grades will increase by EUR 50-100/ton depending on the nature of the products, regions, existing contracts and invoicing currencies. Effective dates and detailed actions will be discussed with customers through the appropriate business teams.
Ahlstrom's Specialty Papers segment has production sites in Brazil (Jacarei), France (Bousbecque, La Gère, Pont-Audemer, Rottersac, Saint-Séverin and Stenay), Germany (Osnabrück and Altenkirchen), Finland (Kauttua), Italy (Turin) and USA (West Carrollton). Its products are used in a wide range of applications, such as abrasive backings, furniture foils, food & non-food packaging, release liners, self-adhesive labels, labels for metallization, engine gaskets, wall papers, posters and other industrial applications.
Price increases for crepe papers which are part of the Ahlstrom Specialty Papers segment have been announced in an earlier press release published on September 4, 2009 and will not be affected by this announcement.

For further information, please contact:

Daniele Borlatto, Senior Vice President, Release and Label Papers: +39 011 926 0111, daniele.borlatto@ahlstrom.com
Patrick Jeambar, Senior Vice President, Technical Papers: +33 4 7645 3515, patrick.jeambar@ahlstrom.com
Seppo Parvi, CFO, Ahlstrom Corporation, +358 10 888 4768, seppo.parvi@ahlstrom.com
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Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance nonwovens and specialty papers. Ahlstrom's products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, 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 6,000 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2008, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.8 billion. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. The company website is at www.ahlstrom.com.