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Finland, Sep 21, 2011 - A fire broke out at Ahlstrom's Mozzate wipes fabrics plant in Italy and caused damage to one of the production lines.



The blaze was extinguished by the local fire brigade. Nobody was injured and the building was not damaged by the fire. Based on initial investigation, production at the affected line is expected to be halted for a minimum of two months for repair. Otherwise, production is likely to be resumed in the coming days after an inspection.



Ahlstrom is investigating the cause of the fire together with local authorities. The company is also making preparations to serve customers from its other sites. The financial damages are expected to be covered by insurance.



The Mozzate plant is part of the Home and Personal business area making fabrics for wipes.



Ahlstrom in brief



Ahlstrom is a high performance 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, wallcovers, wipes, flooring, labels and food packaging. We have a leading market position in the businesses in which we operate. Our 5,700 employees serve customers in 26 countries on six continents. In 2010, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.9 billion. The company's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.

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