INCREASE IN SHARE CAPITAL OF AHLSTROM CORPORATION REGISTERED WITH TRADE REGISTER

INCREASE IN SHARE CAPITAL OF AHLSTROM CORPORATION REGISTERED WITH TRADE REGISTER

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The increase in share capital related to the exercising of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of Ahlstrom has been registered with the trade register today, March 17, 2006. The share capital was increased by 1,150,000 shares equaling EUR 1,725,000.
 
Ahlstrom Corporation in brief
Ahlstrom is a leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance fiber-based materials. Nonwovens and specialty papers, made by Ahlstrom, are used in a large variety of everyday products, including filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. The Company has a strong market position in several business areas in which it operates, built upon the Company's unique fiber expertise and innovative approach. Ahlstrom's 5,525 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in 22 countries on six continents. In 2005, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.55 billion. The Company website is www.ahlstrom.com.
 
For additional information, please contact
Jukka Moisio, President and CEO, tel. +358 (0)10 888 4700
 
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These materials are not an offer for sale of securities in the United States or in any jurisdiction of the European Economic Area.  Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Ahlstrom Corporation has not registered, and does not intend to register, any portion of any offering of its securities in the United States, and does not intend to conduct a public offering of its securities in the United States. 
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