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Ahlstrom Completes Divestment of German Site to Interface Solutions

Helsinki, Finland 30 December 2010 -- Ahlstrom, a global leader in nonwovens and specialty papers, has completed its divestment of Ahlstrom Altenkirchen GmbH in Germany to Interface Solutions.

Earlier in December, Ahlstrom announced the sale of the Altenkirchen site to Interface Solutions, a portfolio company of Pennsylvania-based, family-owned private equity fund Susquehanna Capital. The value of the transaction is approximately EUR 6.5 million. Ahlstrom will book a nonrecurring gain of approximately EUR 5 million from the sale in its fourth-quarter 2010 financial result.

Ahlstrom is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance nonwovens and specialty papers. Ahlstrom's products are used in such applications as filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. Ahlstrom's 5800 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2009, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.6 billion. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. The company Web site is at www.ahlstrom.com.


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