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. More than 90 percent of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s products are made from renewable fibers.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj is a result of a merger between Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj. The merger took place in the spring of 2017.
The company has approximately 8,000 employees worldwide and 45 production or converting facilities in 14 countries It also has a global network of sales offices. In 2017, the company’s net sales were EUR 2,232.6 million.
The company is led by Hans Sohlström, President and CEO. Sakari Ahdekivi is Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development.
|Industry||fiber-based materials including nonwovens|
|Founded||2017 through a merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj|
|Products||fiber-based materials for everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings and food packaging|
Number of employees
|8 000 (2018)|
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. By the beginning of the 1930s, Ahlstrom had grown into Finland's largest industrial conglomerate.
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.
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.
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.
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 
In 2017 Ahlstrom sold its Osnabruck, Germany plant to Kammerer
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.
Valerie Anne Mars (born 20 January 1959) is an American billionaire heiress and businesswoman. In February 2019, Forbes estimated her wealth to be $6.0 billion.Valerie Mars is a fourth generation member of the Mars family. Her father was late Forrest Mars Jr. (1931–2016). She has three sisters: Marijke Mars, Pamela Mars-Wright and Victoria B. Mars. She inherited about 8 percent stake of Mars Inc. in 2016, which made her a billionaire.She earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, and an MBA from Columbia University. She is married and has two children.She is a senior vice president and head of corporate development for Mars, Inc. Since 2014 she has served as a board member of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. She serves also as a board member of Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a Finnish-Swedish stock company (paper industry). She is member of the advisory board of Rabobank North America. Her participation in nonprofit organizations include board membership in Conservation International (nature protection) and the Open Space Institute (landscape protection, honorary trustee).