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Ahlstrom, a global leader in the development and manufacture of high performance nonwovens and specialty papers, will consolidate its nonwoven wiping fabrics manufacturing platform in Italy, with the aim of increasing capacity, efficiency and breadth of product range.

The production of wipes will be located in two out of three existing manufacturing sites: Mozzate and Cressa, while the Carbonate plant will be closed. All the plants are located in the Milan region and belong to Home & Personal Nonwovens business area.

The consolidation will not have any major impact on personnel or cause significant non-recurring costs. The company plans to complete the project by early 2011.

Ahlstrom is a leading manufacturer of wiping fabrics, offering a broad range of materials and technologies for diverse wiping applications. The company manufactures wiping fabrics at its sites across Europe, USA and South America.

For further information, please contact:
Seppo Parvi, CFO, tel. +358 10 888 4768
Jean-Marie Becker, Executive Vice President, Home & Personal Nonwovens, tel. +33 476 45 35 15

Published in European News

Ahlstrom Corporation, a leading manufacturer of nonwovens and specialty papers, anticipated in its financial statements bulletin on February 3, 2010, that the Group net sales will increase compared to 2009, but remain lower than in 2008. EBIT excluding non-recurring items was estimated to increase from 2009.

The recovery of demand that started toward the end of 2009, continued in January-March 2010. Since sales prices in most business areas are being increased to cover the rising raw material costs and sales volumes seem to develop slightly more favorably than anticipated, the net sales estimate has been revised.

Demand and net sales in 2010 are expected to increase to approximately the same levels they were in 2008. The company will continue to increase sales prices to cover for the risen raw material costs. It will also be ready to increase sales prices further to cover for possible future raw material price increases.

The EBIT estimate given in the financial statements bulleting remains unchanged. EBIT excluding non-recurring items is expected to increase from 2009.

The company's first quarter financial results will be published on Thursday, April 29, 2010.

Ahlstrom Corporation
Jan Lång, President & CEO

Further information

Jan Lång, President & CEO, tel. +358 10 888 4700
Seppo Parvi, CFO, tel. +358 10 888 4768

Published in Financial News

After installation of a long nip style press in the board machine at Porstendorf, Germany, MultiFlex V3 press felts from Voith Paper were installed for start-up. The decision was thus made to introduce a clothing supplier not previously active in Porstendorf. The concept was customized. In particular, the outstanding service at start-up confirmed to the team in Porstendorf that the right decision had been made in choosing the clothing supplier. Meanwhile the new press has already been running several weeks and in summary it can be said that all technological specifications have been met or surpassed. "Especially noteworthy are the 52% dry content achieved and the width shrinkage which was reduced by more than 10%", observes plant manager Steffen Söll.

The board machine with 2.32 m net width and a speed of 80 m/min produces 40,000 tons of chipboard per year. At the turn of the years 2009/2010, the two previous reversed presses were replaced by a long nip style press for press loads up to 500 kN/m. A straight-through press was positioned at the end of the press section for setting the desired surface characteristics. The goals of the conversion were: improvement of the energy balance, reduction of production disturbances due to vaporization bubbles and improvement of ply bond strength.

The success of MultiFlex V3 is based on Voith Paper's specialty for the challenges in the press section, the well-proven Vector technology. This comprises a tri-axial non-woven base fabric structure that provides elasticity in all three spatial directions for excellent compaction resistance and self-cleaning properties. It also has high active void volume for controlled dewatering and handling large amounts of water. Even pressure distribution leads to more uniform drying whilst the multi-axial structure provides low flow resistance and maintained permeability.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers.

Voith is setting the standard in the paper, energy, mobility, and service markets. Established on January 1, 1867, Voith currently has 39,000 employees, € 5 billion in sales, and over 280 locations worldwide and is one of the largest family-owned businesses in Europe.

Voith is an official partner in the "Germany - Land of Ideas" initiative.
Christina Bauer
Voith Paper | Germnay
Tel +49 7321 37 2026 | Fax
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Published in European News