30 May 2014 – Ahlstrom has inaugurated its new Product & Technology Development Center in Shanghai, Minhang District, in eastern China. The new center will improve the company's direct support to its customers in China with local product development. Located in the Caohejing Pujiang Hi Tech Park in Shanghai, the center is conveniently positioned near its customers in China.
The new center in China employs approximately 30 people and will serve all five of our Business Areas in China: Advanced Filtration, Building and Energy, Food, Medical, and Transportation Filtration. In addition to Shanghai, Ahlstrom has four manufacturing plants and 13 sales offices in Asia, providing services throughout the region.
"The new Shanghai product development center supports Ahlstrom's growth strategy and strengthens our presence and local market understanding. We are pleased to start long-term development work in Asia and hereby reinforce our offering for a clean and healthy environment to help our customers to stay ahead," says Jan Lång, Ahlstrom's President & CEO.
"The development work in the new center will build on our strong know-how on material science, fibers and chemistry. To more quickly address the local market needs, it is crucial to develop new products and technology close to our customers here in China," says Dr Paul H. Stenson, Executive Vice President, Technology and Strategy Development.
Ahlstrom is a high performance fiber-based materials company. In 2013, Ahlstrom's net sales from the continuing operations amounted to EUR 1 billion. Its 3,500 employees serve customers in 24 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.