Finland’s Ahlstrom has been around for over 160 years, providing the world with specialty papers and nonwoven products from natural and synthetic fibers. With several patents and registered trademarks to its name, such as Trinitex and Cytosep, Ahlstrom’s latest recorded revenue was at 1.6 billion euros.
Established by Antti Ahlstrom in Finland in 1851, the company was a product of the family saw mill and Ahlstrom’s own iron and shipping businesses. Already a successful businessman, Antti decided to turn to pulp, paper and wood production in the 1920s, and in the 1930s, had become Finland’s biggest industrial corporation. Ahlstrom continued to strengthen its presence in the country and by the 1960s, had become an international figure. It bought a paper mill in Italy, making it the first Finnish company to achieve such success abroad, which then propelled the company even higher up the business ladder. Until now, Ahlstrom remains to be one of the largest Nordic corporations, with a huge chunk of its shares still owned by the Ahlstrom family. Its international operations continue to run profitably and as far as this specific industry is concerned, Ahlstrom will continue to dominate for many more long years.