Ahlstrom introduces its expanded interleaved Sterile Barrier Systems offering

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE May 14, 2013 at 15.00

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, introduces its expanded interleaved Sterile Barrier Systems (SBS) offering, Ahlstrom Reliance® Tandem. This expansion introduces SMS (Spunbond-Meltblown-Spunbond) technology into our offering. The company aims to better meet customers' needs and provide unique SBS solutions.

Ahlstrom's sterile barrier systems are a trusted and an integral part of the central sterilization department in hospitals. Previously, our interleaved offering consisted of crepe and wetlaid technologies. To help our customers stay ahead, Ahlstrom now offers a complete interleaved portfolio with the introduction of SMS into our Ahlstrom Reliance® Tandem portfolio. Ahlstrom Reliance® Tandem utilizes our newest technology, SMS, in combination with our existing technologies to provide the optimal combination of sterile barrier system sheets for sequential wrapping.

Ahlstrom Reliance® Tandem or interleaving is the concept of combining two layers of SBS sheets, each offering specialized performance for sequential wrapping. The two layers are used together to offer a high degree of flexibility in terms of performance, technology and cost for different applications.

For more information on the Ahlstrom Reliance® Tandem please visit www.ahlstrom.com/tandem  or email us at ahlstrom.medical@ahlstrom.com

For more information, please contact:
Mark Berman, Product Manager, Sterile Barrier Systems, Tel: +1 864 234 7012  
Liisa Nyyssönen, Vice President, Communications, Tel. +358 10 888 4757

Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a high performance fiber-based materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. Our products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, medical gowns and drapes, diagnostics, wallcoverings, flooring and food packaging. We have a leading market position in the businesses in which we operate. In 2012, Ahlstrom's net sales from the continuing operations (excluding Label and Processing business) amounted to EUR 1 billion. Our 3,800 employees serve customers in 28 countries on six continents. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.