Our business

Ahlstrom plays an important role in the value chain. As a producer of specialty materials, we create value by adding know-how and advanced technology to fibers that we ensure are responsibly sourced. In close partnership with our customers, we develop fiber-based solutions that often perform vital functions in the value chains and have a positive impact as part of the end product or solution.

Our product offering facilitates a sustainable world by providing solutions with better performance, safer materials, fewer resources, and lower environmental impact. We deliver a clear value proposition for our customers that is based on innovation, quality, and customized service. Our customers use our solutions in a large variety of everyday applications within a broad range of end-uses that are underpinned by fundamental business drivers.

We have a global footprint and local presence with approximately 7,000 people with over 50 nationalities across the globe in 13 countries. 


We have a balanced exposure to a broad range of end-uses in multiple industries and geographies. Most of our businesses have a global leadership position, others a more regional market. All our businesses are operating in growing markets and there are solid demand drivers in all segments.  

Ahlstrom has three divisions that are aligned to address global trends:  

  • Filtration & Life Sciences: Mission-critical air and liquid filtration applications and life science and medical solutions. 
  • Food & Consumer Packaging: Solutions for improved food safety, product protecting, preservation, and bacteria prevention.
  • Protective Materials: Highly engineered materials for protecting every surface of the building, and specialty materials for electrotechnical and other industrial applications.


Global trends drive long-term demand

Materials play a key role in meeting the global trends. With unique understanding of fibers and applications, we are uniquely positioned to capture additional value from the growing markets for innovative solutions that respond to the world’s needs and have a positive impact on people and the planet. Megatrends such as clean air and clean water, sustainable packaging, personalized healthcare, electrification and the decarbonization of buildings will create significant growth opportunities.