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Biodegradable Molding Material is available for food packaging.

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February 28, 2014 - Safe to freeze and offering heat resistance up to 428°F, Ahlstrom NatureMold™ provides environmentally friendly alternative to molds and trays made from plastic or aluminum for use in range of food applications. Properties facilitate release while promoting wet strength and grease resistance. Produced from renewable resources with FSC™-certified pulp, material also aids branding and differentiation via watermarking or dying options enabled via various hot food contact-approved colors.

Ahlstrom Corporation

227 Browntown Road, Bishopville, SC, 29010, USA

Original Press Release

Ahlstrom Introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM), a Biodegradable Molding Material for Food Packaging

Press release date: February 20, 2014

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM), a new biodegradable molding material for food packaging. This innovative and patent-pending product can be used for a range of food applications. Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) combines environmental credentials, product differentiation, and performance all in one package.

Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) provides a range of features that benefit food processors and their brands. Key benefits include heat resistance (up to 220°C/428°F), easy release, high wet strength, and the superior grease resistance thanks to our unique genuine vegetable parchment.

In addition, Ahlstrom's new molding material offers superior branding and differentiation properties with the possibility to watermark or dye Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) with a range of hot food contact approved colors. True to Ahlstrom's commitment, NatureMold(TM) helps to advance sustainability. Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) is produced from renewable resources with FSC(TM) certified pulp. It is the environmentally friendly alternative to molds and trays made from plastic or aluminum.

"The Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) product line has great performance especially because of its grease resistance and easy release. The coloring and watermark options allow significant brand differentiation. Its sustainability credentials are compelling as all the materials are from renewable sources as well as biodegradable," explains Omar Hoek, EVP, Food.

Ahlstrom's Food business area is a global supplier of food packaging products with a leading market position, and it has seven production sites in four countries.

Learn more at: http://www.ahlstrom.com/naturemold

Or visit our separate Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) pages at: http://marketing.ahlstrom.com/naturemold

For more information, please contact:

Brian Oost, VP Marketing, Food, Tel: +33 474 57 36 73

Liisa Nyyssnen, VP Communications, Tel: +358 10 888 4757

Ahlstrom in brief  Ahlstrom is a high performance fiber-based materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. We aim to grow with a product offering for clean and healthy environment. Our materials are used in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings and food packaging. In 2013, Ahlstrom's net sales from the continuing operations amounted to EUR 1 billion. Our 3,500 employees serve customers in 24 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information available at www.ahlstrom.com.

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