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Ahlstrom Negotiating Temporary Layoffs at its Kauttua Plant
Helsinki, Finland, 14 November 2008 -- Ahlstrom has today issued a proposal to start a cooperation procedure at its Kauttua plant in Finland regarding temporary layoffs of personnel in its crepe paper production. The potential layoffs are targeted to adapt the production volumes of crepe paper to match the current demand and stock levels.

The negotiations, starting on 21 November 2008, are estimated to last for two weeks and will concern all of the production and office personnel working on Paper Machine 4. The current number of personnel is 21.

The potential layoffs will not affect the deliveries of crepe paper to customers.

Ahlstrom's crepe paper machine at the Kauttua plant is part of Ahlstrom's Technical Papers business area, which comprises eight product lines. Crepe papers is one of the product lines. In addition to Kauttua, Ahlstrom produces crepe papers in two other plants in Central Europe.

Ahlstrom is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance fiber-based materials. Nonwovens and specialty papers, made by Ahlstrom, are used in a large variety of everyday products, such as filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. The company has a strong market position in several business areas in which it operates. Ahlstrom's 6500 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2007, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.8 billion. Ahlstrom's share is listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki. The company website is www.ahlstrom.com.

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