Ahlstrom expands technology capabilities in filtration, enabling new solutions with an increased lifetime from its Hyun Poong plant in South Korea


A longer filter lifetime is one of the key features helping to sustain operations and boost performance with minimal interruptions. This not only saves costs associated with frequent filter replacements but also reduces energy consumption and minimizes environmental impacts by lowering emissions. In addition, a longer filter lifetime can reduce the risk of system failures, downtimes, and potential equipment damage, further enhancing operational efficiency and reliability.     

Ahlstrom continues its over 50-year commitment and support to the global filtration industry by adding a calendering capability at its filtration media production plant in Hyun Poong, South Korea. This technology further advances synthetic filter media solutions by improving mechanical strength and opening a wide range of possibilities in terms of filtration performances.  The investment will be fully operational by Q2-2023.

New synthetic materials have more surface area available, therefore extending the filter lifetime and offering a more sustainable alternative to competing materials. The media can be used for both air and liquid filtration applications including air pollution control, oil, and fuel filtration.  Products are easier to convert, which offers further savings for filter manufacturers. These capabilities reinforce our purpose to deliver products which Purify and Protect.

"This investment is another example of our commitment to our customers in the Asia-Pacific region," says Kathrin Hueppe, Head of Asia, Filtration. "Improving our capabilities in the Hyun Poong plant allows us to serve their growing needs in high-performance filtration materials.”

“With this investment, we are expanding our technology capabilities as well as our competences in the field of full synthetic materials. We are eager to engage with our customers in new developments, which will further improve filtration performances and contribute to energy savings. Durability and the ease of converting contribute to the lifetime of filters, which is at the core of our strategic path in sustainability”, says Tamara Quatrano, VP, R&D and Product Development Filtration. 

This is a new step in our company’s ambition to reinforce the global leadership in Filtration.  We have previously announced over 100 MEUR investments during the past five years which have been strengthening our global footprint and widen our high-performance offering in filtration segments.  

For more information, please contact: Kathrin Hueppe, Head of Asia, Filtration   Kathrin.hueppe@ahlstrom.com

Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in combining fibers into sustainable specialty materials. Our purpose is to Purify and Protect, with Every Fiber, for a Sustainable World. Our vision is to be the Preferred Sustainable Specialty Materials Company for all our stakeholders. We serve five growing and distinctive end markets, which form the basis for our five divisions: Filtration, Food & Consumer Packaging, Healthcare, Building Materials, and Technical Materials. Our net sales in 2022 for continuing operations amounted to EUR 3.3 billion and we employ some 7,000 people. Read more at www.ahlstrom.com