Suominen receives Spain, Germany, U.S. competition authorities' approval for acquisition of Ahlstrom's Home and Personal wipes fabrics business; transaction expected to be completed by Oct. 31

TAMPERE, Finland , September 27, 2011 (press release) – Competition authorities in Spain, Germany and the United States have approved the agreement between Suominen Corporation and Ahlstrom Corporation regarding Suominen’s acquisition of Ahlstrom’s Home and Personal wipes fabrics business area which was published on 4 August 2011. It is estimated that the transaction will be completed by 31 October 2011 at the latest. Authority approval of the transaction in Brazil is estimated to take place during the first quarter of 2012, and it is not a prerequisite of the completion of the transaction outside of Brazil.

Further information regarding the share issue required by the transaction will be released on or about 3 October 2011.

Suominen has previously published a stock exchange release concerning the acquisition on 4 August 2011.

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