Ahlstrom shareholder Erkki Etola's holding in company falls below 5% share capital, voting rights to 4.93%, or 2.3 million shares

HELSINKI , October 19, 2011 (press release) – Pursuant to Chapter 2, Section 9 of the Securities Market Act, Ahlstrom Corporation has received an announcement from Mr Erkki Etola, dated October 19, 2011, regarding a change in the shareholding of said shareholder.

According to the announcement, Erkki Etola's shareholding in Ahlstrom Corporation has on October 18, 2011, fallen below 5 % (1/20) of the share capital and voting rights of Ahlstrom Corporation. Erkki Etola now owns 2,300,000 shares of Ahlstrom Corporation, which represent 4.93% of the share capital and voting rights of Ahlstrom Corporation.

Ahlstrom's share capital consists of 46,670,608 shares, each entitling to one vote.

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 is available atwww.ahlstrom.com.

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