hlstrom is a leader in high performance fiber-based materials serving niche markets worldwide. Our fiber solutions are used in a large variety of everyday products for the environment, health care, transport, packaging and home & office. The company whose heritage spans more than 150 years, is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, employs approximately 6,700 people and serves customers with sales networks and production facilities in more than 20 countries on five continents. Today, annual net sales of Ahlstrom's fiber solutions business are about EUR 1.6 billion.
Ahlstrom's FiberComposites division manufactures products for engine filtration, nonwoven and reinforcement composites markets worldwide. Ranked among the top 10 nonwoven manufacturers, its engineered fabrics are used in industrial products as well as everyday consumer products, e.g. surgical gowns, tea bags and wipes. The division is a leading supplier of engine filtration products to the transport industries. Its expertise in reinforcement composites, derived mostly from glassfibre, serves the energy, marine, sporting goods and transport sectors. The FiberComposites division employs more than 2,600 people, operates from 16 sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and in 2003 had net sales of EUR 645 million.
Ahlstrom's LabelPack division ranks among the world's largest suppliers of release base papers for the self-adhesive industry and is a leading manufacturer of specialty papers for flexible packaging, wet-glue and self-adhesive labeling, all contributing to the identification and protection of everyday products. The division employs more than 1,500 people and operates seven production units throughout Europe. In 2003, the division had net sales of approximately EUR 542 million.
Ahlstrom's Specialties division is a leading global supplier of knowledge intensive technical papers for demanding industrial applications. The division employs approximately 1100 people and operates 7 production sites in Finland, France and Germany. In 2003, the technical paper activities generated net sales of approximately EUR 250 million.