Ahlstrom launches AceBlade(TM), a game changing product for the wind energy market

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE November 26, 2013 at 1.00 pm

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, today launches Ahlstrom AceBladeTM, a new product for the wind energy market. AceBladeTM is an unidirectional glass fiber reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties. The wind energy industry is facing a challenge of producing longer and lighter blades and patent-pending AceBladeTM addresses this market need.

Ahlstrom AceBladeTM will deliver significant benefits for designers and manufacturers of wind turbine blades since it is a cost effective solution for vacuum infusion processes, with exceptional mechanical performance. The product enables manufacturers to lower raw material costs during blade manufacture. Exceptional resin flow properties minimize air voids and deliver optimized production costs.

The launch of AceBladeTM alligns well with Ahlstrom's revised strategy. The company aims to grow with a high performance product offerings for a clean and healthy environment. Ahlstrom's strategy is built on three strong strategic enablers: environmentally sound technologies and manufacturing platforms, capability to co-create unique products together with customers and partners, and global reach in operations. AceBladeTM forms part of the market of Energy and Environment and delivers a product offering supporting environmentally sound technologies.

AceBladeTM helps the customer to get the job of producing longer and lighter blades done better. For more information, please visit www.ahlstrom.com/aceblade.

Ahlstrom's Building and Energy business area is a leading manufacturer of wind energy materials, which are manufactured in Europe.

For more information, please contact:
Anne Summanen, Product Manager, Wind Energy, Tel: +358 50 570 3833
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 24 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.