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Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Sell Glass Fiber Reinforcement Business
FINLAND (News release) -- Ahlstrom-Munksjö has agreed to sell its glass fiber reinforcement business in Mikkeli, Finland, to Vitrulan Composites Oy, a fully owned subsidiary of Vitrulan Group and part of the family-owned industrial holding ADCURAM Group.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Mikkeli plant produces glass and carbon based reinforcement fabrics. Main product offering consist of specialty glass fiber reinforcements for wind energy applications as well as for other end-uses including marine and transportation applications as currently manufactured in Mikkeli. At the end of 2018 the plant employed about 100 people. Net sales were approximately €30 million and the divestment will not have a material impact on group's comparable EBITDA. The debt free purchase price is €6.5 million. The transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing terms. The Mikkeli plant is part of Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Filtration and Performance business area.

"We regularly assesses what is the most value creating structure for our businesses. Mikkeli's woven technology and customer base differ from the rest of the group and the plant's conversion margin is lower. The business provides limited synergies to Ahlstrom-Munksjö's portfolio. Vitrulan Group is a strategic and industrial player, and a good home for which our technology and skillful personnel is complementary and provide growth opportunities," says president and CEO Hans Sohlström.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to produce glass fiber tissue at its plants in Karhula, Finland, and Tver, Russia. The company will defend and grow its leadership position in glass fiber tissue, where it has unique technical expertise and close customer relationships. In flooring applications, the company is a global leader and intends to expand its portfolio further.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Mikkeli glass fiber reinforcement business will bring significant growth to Vitrulan Group which produces highly resilient glass fiber-based woven materials. Vitrulan has approximately 400 employees and generates net sales of approximately €60 million. Its woven materials are used in public and private buildings, reinforcing and backing fabrics, laminates and special products.

ADCURAM comprises six subsidiaries with a combined sales of more than €400 million and around 2500 employees globally. It actively develops its subsidiaries with the aim of significant growth.

"We are excited about expanding our glass fiber reinforcement business and welcome our new colleagues to the Vitrulan family. Together, we will set the course for the next steps," says Ralf Barthmann, CEO of the Vitrulan Group.
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