Ahlstrom, a global leader in nonwovens and specialty, announces price increases in the first quarter of 2011 for its filtration materials globally as a consequence of the continued rise in raw material costs such as chemicals and energy.
Even though the price of standard pulp has stabilized in the late 2010, prices of specialty fibers, energy and chemicals have continued to rise steadily over recent months.
The price increase will affect filtration materials produced by Ahlstrom globally. The level and timing of the increase will depend on the markets served, the raw material content of the product and the agreements in place. The increase will be up to 12%. Specific details will be discussed with each customer individually by the appropriate sales teams in the coming days.
Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance nonwovens and specialty papers. Ahlstrom´s products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. Based upon its unique fiber expertise and innovative approach, the company has a strong market position in several business areas in which it operates. Ahlstrom's 5,800 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 website is at www.ahlstrom.com.