Ahlstrom's Global Filtration Technical Center advances filtration testing

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE February 2, 2012

Ahlstrom Corporation, a global high-performance materials company, announced that it has completed significant upgrades to its Global Filtration Technical Center in Turin, Italy.

Ahlstrom has been investing in testing and processing equipment in its Global Filtration Technical Center in Turin during the last year. Now the state of the art technical center is equipped with various filtration testing and simulation equipment. Testing can be carried out as finished filters or flat sheet configuration, and the testing facility focuses on research and development for all transportation, air and liquid filtration applications.

In addition to the several filtration testing equipment, the center provides access to pleaters and processing equipment in order to build prototypes and simulate real life filtration conditions in order to achieve the specific performance needed for filtration norms and applications.

Investments made at the Technical Center offer support and expertise knowhow to all Ahlstrom global customers. "Our investment to the testing and development facility is yet another example of our commitment to the filtration market. We are now better equipped to collaborate with our customers and work together to develop the next generation filtration ideas," states Tommi Björnman, Executive Vice President, Filtration.

Ahlstrom is the world's largest filtration material producer. Ahlstrom Filtration has 5 other Technical Centers in North and South America and in Asia, which offer research and development support globally for testing and development of filter media.

For more information, please contact:
Fulvio Capussotti, Vice President, Advanced Filtration
Tel. +390 119 260 111

Gary Blevins, Vice President, Transportation Filtration
Tel. + 1 864 234 8145

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.