We work to achieve lasting profitability and create value through a robust innovation platform to develop new sustainable fiber-based solutions. As a producer of functional materials we create value by adding know-how and advanced technology to fibers that we ensure are responsibly sourced. In close partnership with our customers we develop fiber-based solutions that often perform vital functions in the value chains and have a positive impact as part of the end product or solution. With our product offering we facilitate a sustainable everyday life by providing solutions with better performance, safer materials, fewer resources and lower environmental impact.

Sustainable innovation

Innovation enables Ahlstrom to continue to increase our offerings of products, technologies and services that address sustainable functionality and design. We have world class knowledge and capabilities when it comes to developing sustainable, cutting-edge fiber-based products.

Our products often perform vital functions in value chains, and we aim to have a positive impact as part of an end product or solution.

Our products enable sustainable impact for our customers and in many people’s daily life. We leverage our industry leading expertise and know-how in innovating products and technology that fulfil our purpose to Purify and Protect.

Sustainable Innovations Target 2021-2025


All new products in development are assessed with the EcoDesign Tool



Creating Sustainable Products

In 2018, Ahlstrom developed a new and much expanded version of its EcoDesign Tool. The new tool was implemented in 2019 as an important part of the company’s sustainability strategy. The principle is simple: new products should provide a more sustainable solution than the existing products. This is achieved by using the EcoDesign Tool to evaluate the performance of the potential new product against a set of criteria and by comparison with an existing product.



Ahlstrom is supplying a very wide range of products that brings innovation and greater sustainability to the industry. Working to ensure that Ahlstrom delivers products that have a positive EcoDesign score allows for the value chain to have a more positive impact.

Sustainable Innovations Target 2021-2025


All new products have a positive EcoDesign score by 2025



Ahlstrom is an active member of a number of coalitions to support the circular bioeconomy.

The long-term collaboration in product development with customers forms the basis for developing the capacity of what fiber-based materials can do. Through an academic network, Ahlstrom participates in research programs within themes of high strategic importance to the group:

4evergreen, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, F3 - Films for Future, Soteria Battery, Innovation Group, Cellulose Valley, CELAB


Learn more about our work in each of these areas in our Ahlstrom Sustainability Report