Ahlstrom To Construct New Nonwovens Plant In India

Finland-based Ahlstrom Corp., a manufacturer of high-performance fiber-based materials, will invest
38 million euros to construct a new nonwovens plant in India. The plant will produce a
comprehensive range of spunmelt fabrics, focusing in particular on products for medical fabrics

The new facility will be located in the Mundra Special Economic Zone in the
state of Gujarat. Production is expected to commence by the end of 2009.

“The medical market sector demands continually higher-performing products,”
said Paul Marold, vice president and general manager, Medical Fabrics. “This investment in
state-of-the-art spunmelt technology not only provides us with a strategic and cost-competitive
location close to our suppliers and global customers, but also positions Ahlstrom well for the
emerging medical nonwovens market of India.”

January/February 2008