Ahlstrom introduces new embossable wallcoverings at 2012 China Wallcovering Expo

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE March 1, 2012 at 1.30 pm

Ahlstrom, a global high performance materials company, announced today that it will present its revised Ahlstrom EasyLife(TM) product range at China Wallcovering Expo 2012, in Beijing, China on March 2-5, 2012. China Wallcovering Expo is one of the major wallcovering tradeshows in China.

The revised EasyLife product range will feature new embossable materials, offering additional 3D capabilities which will enhance the design possibilities in wallcovers. All new products have been developed sustainably to minimize their environmental impact. All Ahlstrom wallcoverings utilize certified pulp, and the materials conform to the industry standards (CE and RAL). Recycled polyester is used in several new products and Ahlstrom is reducing the use of chemical binders, through substitution with natural binders.

At the tradeshow, Ahlstrom, together with the China Wallcovering Association, will present a catwalk show, where models will be dressed in clothes made of wallcovering. This demonstrates the link wallcover has with fashion, and illustrates the textile like touch and aesthetic features of Ahlstrom EasyLife. Additionally, Ahlstrom and its Chinese partner, Shanghai East Star Environmental Inks, which is China's leading supplier of water-based inks to the wallcovering industry, will introduce a "Certificate of Authenticity" which will enable customer wallcover collection books to be clearly identified as exclusively containing high performance Ahlstrom materials.

China is the biggest and fastest-growing market for premium wallcovering products. According to Strategic Analysis Inc., the demand for nonwoven based premium wallcoverings will increase by an annual rate of 39% (CAGR) from 2010 to 2015. Ahlstrom is one of the leading suppliers of nonwoven substrates to China and the company has been present in the market for 10 years. Ahlstrom recently announced plans to invest EUR 30 million in a new wallcover substrates production line at its Binzhou plant.

Ahlstrom is a global leading producer of wallcover substrates, producing the widest product range on the market. Its materials are manufactured in Europe and North America and are part of Ahlstrom's Building and Energy business area.

Immediately following the Beijing Wallcover show, HP will be presenting Ahlstrom EasyLife materials on Build Decor, March 5 -8, illustrating HP Latex qualified Ahlstrom products.                      

Ahlstrom booth at China Wallcovering Expo is D6.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Hottenträger, Product Manager, Wallcover, Tel: +49 541 604 216
Liisa Nyyssönen, Vice President, Communications, Tel. +358 10 888 4757

Ahlstrom in brief

Ahlstrom is a high performance materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. Our products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, wallcovers, flooring, labels and food packaging. We have a leading market position in the businesses in which we operate. Our 5,200 employees serve customers in 28 countries on six continents. In 2011, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.6 billion. The company's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.