Ahlstrom's Louveira plant in Brazil hit by thunderstorm flooding

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE 14.1.2011 at 16.40

Ahlstrom's Louveira plant in Brazil was hit by a thunderstorm and flooded. Production at the site has been stopped. There were no injuries to Ahlstrom staff or other people at the site.

The Louveira plant is located approximately 100 kilometers from Sao Paolo in southeastern Brazil and is part of Ahlstrom's Filtration Business Area. It produces transportation filtration material.

Ahlstrom is currently investigating the magnitude of the damage and has started the clean-up process. The company will make all the possible efforts to serve customers in the force majeure situation. The southeastern part of Brazil has suffered from severe floods and mudslides.

Further information:
Tommi Björnman
Executive Vice President, Filtration
Tel. +39 0119260111

Willy Bordignon
Vice President, Filtration, South America
Tel. +55 1993419123

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