Ahlstrom is the global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance fiber-based materials. Our high performance products for filtration markets contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. We serve Transportation / IC Engines and Industrial industries including Engine Air, Fuel, Oil, Cabin air applications. We also cover Fluid and Air filtration for Industrial filtration.

Company details

Alvar Aallon katu 3 C, P.O. Box 329 , Helsinki , FI-00101 Finland

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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Manufacturing, Other
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000

This company also provides solutions for agricultural applications.
Please, visit their profile in agriculture-xprt.com for more info.

Ahlstrom is a high performance fiber-based materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. We aim to grow with a product offering for clean and healthy environment. Our materials are used in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings and food packaging.


We are our customers’ first choice for fiber-based materials.


We provide innovative fiber-based materials with a function in everyday life.

Values are the key principles that guide our behavior and the choices we make every day at our workplaces.

We have three values. Some we are doing well already, others we need to make more of an effort to achieve. They are all important, they are all achievable.


  • We are passionate about our customers and our innovative products
  • We are trustworthy and deliver on promises
  • We are inspired to go the extra mile in everything we do


  • We are open, transparent and consistent in our communications
  • We act with integrity and respect in all that we do
  • We value diversity


  • We deliver business results together as one team sharing and learning from each other
  • We empower our people to take ownership and
  • continuously improve
  • We aim for enjoyment at work

We are our customers’ first choice for fiber-based materials.

We are committed to growing and creating stakeholder value by providing the best performing sustainable fiber-based materials. Our vision is to be our customers’ first choice.

The needs of our customers are affected by end-user behavior, which challenges us to constantly develop and improve fiber-based material solutions. Global trends - growing global population and scarcity of resources, increased demand for greener and resource-efficient materials, emerging needs in healthcare, changes in demographics and urbanization - faced by our customers steer our product offering and provide us with a wealth of opportunities.

New roadmap

Ahlstrom’s strategy is built on three key success factors:customer focused solutions with tailor-made products, leading technology and manufacturing platforms, global reach and local insights. Our mission is to provide innovative fiber-based materials with a function in everyday life.

As part of the implementation the company’s business structure was simplified as of the beginning of this year and reorganized into two business areas: Filtration & Performance and Specialties. The aim of this change is to increase market and customer focus. Both segments have business unit specific strategies and operating models. This enables us to provide customer-driven product development and tailored customer service, cost efficiency, better allocation of resources, and specific go-to-market approaches.

The roadmap for execution outlines the change in strategy and is focused on commercial excellence, a new lean operating model, organic growth via higher asset turnover and growth via new platforms.

Ahlstrom’s business is characterized by a large, decentralized customer base with specific needs. In order to be able to competitively serve a customer base like this, it is vital that Ahlstrom is able to offer highly tailored solutions. Many of Ahlstrom’s products are off-the-shelf, but are made according to stringent customer specifications. 

Ahlstrom works in close cooperation with its customers in product and technology development in order to ensure an optimal time-to-market. Ahlstom’s innovation and R&D activity focuses on customer-driven innovations and product improvements.  In 2014, 15% of net sales were generated by new products.

We are committed to advance sustainable development inside and outside Ahlstrom.

It is ‘work in progress’ in many areas with a goal to make sure we leave a decent world to our children. Our most important social target is safety. We want our people to return home the same as they were coming to work.

Our economic impacts reach to every continent in the world. Be it in sourcing raw materials, employing people or manufacturing and selling products. We are committed to doing all that responsibly, following our framework for ethics.

Every human activity has an impact on the environment. Knowing ours and reducing it in our operations and products forms the core of our sustainability activity. We think that making products that are truly needed by people; are ‘products with purpose’ has a better social justification to use the planet’s limited resources. With that, we want to do more with less, reducing the negative footprint of our operations and maximizing the positive impacts of our products.