Ahlstrom ECO--a renewable lignin-impregnated filter media--wins American Filtration Society’s New Product of the Year award; company says ECO supports transportation market's increased sustainability demands, yet maintains filter durability, properties

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HELSINKI , May 10, 2023 (press release) –

Ahlstrom ECO™, a new range of renewable and sustainable filtration solutions for automotive applications, was selected as the New Product of the Year by the America Filtration Society (AFS) on May 2, 2023.  The Product of the Year award is given to a company introducing the most significant new product in the previous year.   

“Being acknowledged by the AFS and receiving this award for Ahlstrom ECO™ is a great achievement. It demonstrates how we are living up to our purpose to Purify and Protect with every fiber for a sustainable world by innovating more sustainable solutions,” says Tamara Quatrano, VP, R&D and Product Development Filtration. 

Ahlstrom ECO™ is a renewable and sustainable filter media which utilizes lignin-based impregnation, thereby limiting the use of fossil-based resin. The resin contains a significant amount of bio-based renewable lignin, while the mechanical properties and durability of the filter media, even in challenging environments, are maintained. Ahlstrom ECO™ supports the increased sustainability demands of the global transportation market and offers a new choice for filter manufacturers. Ahlstrom ECO™ was first developed in our Louveira plant in Brazil. 

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the entire team in Louveira, Brazil. Their unwavering dedication and tireless effort in implementing Ahlstrom ECO™ were instrumental in our resounding success. Their commitment to excellence is nothing short of awe-inspiring!” states Andre Pereira, Head of Sales LATAM Filtration Division.     

“Moving forward, we remain resolute in our commitment to support the global automotive industry. We are determined to bring innovative fiber-based specialty solutions to our customers and help them tackle some of the most pressing global challenges,” he continues.   

Read more about Ahlstrom ECO™: https://www.ahlstrom.com/products/technologies/ahlstrom-eco/ ;
For more information, please contact Willy Bordignon, Vice President Filtration, Americas  willy.bordignon@ahlstrom.com

Ahlstrom in brief  
Ahlstrom is a global leader in combining fibers into sustainable specialty materials. Our purpose is to Purify and Protect, with Every Fiber, for a Sustainable World. Our vision is to be the Preferred Sustainable Specialty Materials Company for all our stakeholders. We serve five growing and distinctive end markets, which form the basis for our five divisions: Filtration, Food & Consumer Packaging, Healthcare, Building Materials, and Technical Materials. Our net sales in 2022 for continuing operations amounted to EUR 3.3 billion and we employ some 7,000 people. Read more at www.ahlstrom.com. 

AFS in brief 
AFS exists to create positive change worldwide by providing comprehensive educational opportunities, fostering a community of collaboration, networking, and idea-sharing within the filtration and separation industry. The association brings together a diverse group of individuals from all areas of the filtration spectrum. From academia to manufacturers, distributors to end-users, they propel the industry forward by providing exceptional resources across a broad knowledge base. Through conferences and exhibitions, online resources, and advocacy, AFS seeks to meet the world’s filtration needs. Read more at  https://www.afssociety.org/. ;

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