Dynamic SMS Fabric offers suitable material for single-use scrubs.

Press Release Summary:

Designed for conversion into single-use surgical scrub suits, Ahlstrom VaporCool™ consists of soft SMS (Spunbond-Meltblown-Spunbond) fabric treated with adaptive technology. Textile-like fabric, when worn in direct contact with skin, helps regulate wearer's body temperature. When hot, fabric boosts evaporation to providing cooling effect. When cool, fabric holds in moisture to act as insulating layer. Material also uses moisture management to enhance comfort of surgical professionals.

Original Press Release:

Ahlstrom Introduces Ahlstrom VaporCool(TM), Dynamic SMS Fabric for Single-Use Scrubs

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom VaporCoolTM a soft SMS (Spunbond-Meltblown-Spunbond) fabric treated with adaptive technology to create a smart fabric designed for conversion into single-use surgical scrub suits.

Ahlstrom VaporCoolTM is a soft, textile-like, dynamic fabric that offers outstanding comfort. Worn in direct contact with the skin, the fabric works as an extension of the wearers' body helping to regulate their body temperature. When hot, the fabric boosts evaporation providing a cooling effect. When cool, the fabric holds in moisture acting as an insulating layer.

The first fabric of its kind, VaporCoolTM uses moisture management to offer enhanced comfort to surgical professionals. Working under bright lights and dressed in high-barrier surgical apparel, surgeons operate under intense pressure for hours. These conditions cause their body temperature to rise, increasing the production of sweat. Discomfort caused by feeling hot and sticky can quickly shake concentration and impair cognitive abilities. Ahlstrom VaporCoolTM works with the body to relieve discomfort and improve concentration.

For detailed information on Ahlstrom VaporCoolTM and a video on how the product works please visit www.ahlstrom.com/vaporcool or email medical@ahlstrom.com.

For more information, please contact:

Liisa Nyyssnen, Vice President, Communications, Tel. +358 10 888 4757

Beth Schivley, Communications Officer, Medical, Tel. +1 860 654 8364

Nataraj Gosavi, Product Manager, Drapes, Gowns & Apparel, Tel. +91 96 8690 0655

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 suchas 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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