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Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
TypeJulkinen osakeyhtiö
Industryfiber-based materials including nonwovens
Founded2017 through a merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj
Area served
Key people
Productsfiber-based materials for everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings and food packaging
  • Increase €2.2 billion (2017)
Number of employees
8 000 (2018)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj is a global company that provides fiber-based products such as decor paper, filters, release liners, abrasive backings, nonwoven fabrics, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, food packaging and labeling, tape, medical fiber materials for medical diagnostics.[1] More than 90 percent of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s products are made from renewable fibers.[2]

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj is a result of a merger between Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj. The merger took place in the spring of 2017.[3]

Ahlstrom-Munksjö operates in Europe, North and South America as well as in Asia. Most production sites are located in Europe.[4] The head office is located in Helsinki, Finland.[5]

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s customers represent several industries, including automotive, furniture, construction, healthcare and life science, food and beverage and energy sectors.[6]

The company has approximately 8,000 employees worldwide and 45 production or converting facilities in 14 countries[7] It also has a global network of sales offices. In 2017, the company’s net sales were EUR 2,232.6 million.[8]

Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares are listed on the main list of the Nasdaq Helsinki (trading code: AM1) with a secondary listing on the Nasdaq Stockholm (trading code: AM1S).

The company is led by Hans Sohlström, President and CEO. Sakari Ahdekivi is Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development.[9]


The creation of the Munksjö paper mill in 1862 was due to a chance meeting of two eminent gentlemen: Janne Lundström, an inventor and industrialist from Jönköping, and Lars Johan Hierta, a prominent financer, publisher and politician. Munksjö became one of Europe’s most innovative paper producers, delivering first-class products to a world-wide customer base.

Ahlstrom has its roots in Finland: the founder, Antti Ahlström, was one of Finland's most prominent 19th century businessmen. The company was founded in 1851 and timber trading, shipping and sawmill operations started to grow. Later the company focused on pulp, paper and timber production and machinery, later expanding to glassworks (Iittala and Karhula).

Ahlstrom's paper production began in Varkaus in 1921 on Europe's largest paper production machine.[10] By the beginning of the 1930s, Ahlstrom had grown into Finland's largest industrial conglomerate.[11]

The outbreak of World War II led the company to convert much of its production to support the Finnish war effort. Following the war, the company played a major role in Finland's reconstruction and in its war reparations obligation. Ahlstrom alone accounted for nearly 15 percent of the country's total reparations. The company continued to expand into the 1950s, stepping up its engineering operations while also expanding into chemical wood processing technology.[11]

Ahlstrom Corporation began to rapidly grow internationally in 1963, by acquiring a majority interest in a paper mill in Mathi close to Turin, Italy, that produced filter papers and rifle cartridge paper. This was the first significant international acquisition made by a Finnish company and made Ahlstrom a pioneer among major Finnish companies in internationalization.[10]

The town of Varkaus grew up around the A. Ahlström paper mills. In the 1930s, the Sunila Plant in Karhula (now Kotka), designed by Alvar Aalto, was built by Ahlström. In the 1980s, in a large swap of facilities, the Varkaus works were handed over to Enso Gutzeit (now Stora Enso).

During the 1980s, Ahlstrom left the newsprint and magazine paper market and focused its operations on specialty papers. One of the most profound decisions in Finnish industrial history was made in 1987, when Ahlstrom unexpectedly sold its paper-producing units. Leaving newsprint production increased the relative value of Ahlstrom's specialty paper and engineering units.

In the 1990s, Ahlstrom expanded its focus to include nonwoven products. At the end of 1996, Ahlstrom Corporation continued its expansion by acquiring the French specialty paper and nonwovens producer Sibille-Dalle. During that same year, Ahlstrom Corporation established the Ahlstrom Paper Group to encompass the company’s fiber-based materials operations.

In 2000, Ahlstrom acquired Dexter Corporation's nonwovens production facilities in the United States, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Today, Ahlstrom is among the largest Nordic companies. The Ahlström family are still significant shareholders in the Ahlstrom Corporation.

In 2001, the group split into three companies. The manufacturing divisions were transferred to the now public Ahlstrom Corporation. Ahlstrom Capital Oy was established as a private investment company. And A.Ahlstrom Osakeyhtio was established as a private forestry and real estate management company.

In October 2005, Professor Johan Erik Gullichsen, chairman of Ahlstrom Corporation, was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame for his innovations in the processing of pulp fiber suspensions at medium consistency.[12]

In 2012 Ahlstrom Corporation announced that its Label and Processing business area will be combined with Munksjö Group to create a world leader in specialty papers.

In 2016 Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj announced a plan merge the two companies [13]

In 2017 Ahlstrom sold its Osnabruck, Germany plant to Kammerer[14]

The completion of the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation into Munksjö Oyj was registered with the Finnish Trade Register on 1 April 2017. Following the completion of the merger, the name of the combined company has changed to Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj (“Ahlstrom-Munksjö”). Trading in the new Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares issued to Ahlstrom’s shareholders as merger consideration commenced 1 April 2017 on the Nasdaq Helsinki (trading code: AM1) and Nasdaq Stockholm (trading code: AM1S) stock exchanges.[15]

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  9. ^ "Executive Management Team". Ahlstrom. Archived from the original on 2018-06-29. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
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  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ http://www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com/Media/releases/other-stock-exchange-and-press-releases/2017/ahlstrom-munksjo-oyj-the-merger-of-munksjo-and-ahlstrom-has-been-registered-and-the-board-of-directors-has-elected-the-chairman-and-vice-chairmen/[permanent dead link]

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