Ahlstrom launches new glass fiber tissue line for high-performance building materials in Madisonville, U.S.


As market demand for high-performance, sustainable building materials is increasing, Ahlstrom continues to grow its glass fiber tissue business and strengthen its manufacturing platform globally by completing a major investment at its plant in Madisonville, KY, U.S.  

Ahlstrom’s product portfolio for the construction industry, FibRoc®, offers carriers, facings, and backing solutions protecting against fire, flame spread, moisture, and water. All of Ahlstrom’s glass fiber tissue solutions are fluorocarbon-free and have formaldehyde-free options.

With this investment announced in May 2021, Ahlstrom expands its building materials manufacturing capabilities to support customers globally. During the past five years, Ahlstrom has invested over USD 100 million on the Madisonville site.

We can be proud of what we have accomplished in Madisonville, successfully delivering this major investment, says Emmanuelle Picard, EVP, Building Materials. “This investment significantly strengthens our technical capabilities in the region, supporting the industry with sustainable solutions for building materials andincreasing our production capacity in North America. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project, Emmanuelle Picard concludes.

This new platform will further strengthen our leadership in this field by consolidating our global position in flooring applications but also by giving us a unique platform to expand into other glass fiber tissue applications, in particular for the Industrial Filtration portfolio," says Pekka Helynranta, Vice President, Glass Fiber Tissue business.

Ahlstrom’s Building Materials portfolio includes highly engineered building material applications for every face of the building. It produces glass fiber media for flooring, ceiling, and plasterboard applications and makes nonwoven materials for automotive, abrasive, construction, textile, and hygiene applications, as well as wallcover materials.

For further information, please contact:

Pekka Helynranta, Vice President, Glass Fiber Tissue business, pekka.helynranta@ahlstrom.com, +358 10 888 2606 / +358 50 571 0458   

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