New Fuel Filtration Media from Ahlstrom Uses Innovative Eastman Cyphrex™ Microfibers

  New Fuel Filtration Media from Ahlstrom Uses Innovative Eastman Cyphrex™

             Media can offer both high capacity, high efficiency

Business Wire

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- April 23, 2013

Ahlstrom, a global high-performance, fiber-based materials company, has
collaborated with Eastman Chemical Company to use its innovative Eastman
Cyphrex^™ microfibers in a new, best-in-industry fuel filtration media,
Ahlstrom Captimax^™. The media is suited for fuel filters in passenger and
commercial heavy-duty vehicles and off-road machinery. It is currently being
evaluated for use in hydraulic applications. Ahlstrom Captimax^™ will launch
today at Booth 1539 at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference
& Expo, April 23 to 25, in Miami Beach, Fla.

By using Eastman Cyphrex^™ microfibers, Ahlstrom created media for a filter
that allows manufacturers to obtain optimum micron efficiency ratings and dust
holding capacity without making compromises. Ahlstrom Captimax^™ provides a
balance of excellent small-particle retention and the potential for longer
media life. The media also lets fuel filtration system suppliers maintain
existing capacity levels but decrease the package size. In addition, the media
can allow for increased efficiency with better options to filter fine
particles to protect fuel injectors in vehicles and machines.

“Using Eastman Cyphrex^™ microfibers in Ahlstrom’s new diesel fuel filtration
media changes the filtration landscape,” said Gary Blevins, vice president,
marketing and commercial for transportation filtration, at Ahlstrom. “This
media can offer both high efficiency and high capacity. We’ve given our
customers the ability to make filters to the specifications they need,
allowing them to develop products outside the standard constraints from the

Ahlstrom Captimax^™ provides high efficiency allowing engines to perform at
their maximum. This capability has been proven with particle testing before
and after fuel is filtered through the media. It can have the same dirt
capacity and a reduced filter package. Or a filter can have a package of the
same size with increased capacity. Adjusting capacity can extend the time
between filter replacements to help keep vehicles and machines in operation
longer or better align with the timing of other vehicle or machine filter

“The new media offering from Ahlstrom marks the first product to be brought to
market with these microfibers,” said Mark J. Costa, executive vice president,
Eastman Chemical Company. “Our collaboration will provide countless benefits
for manufacturers and end users. We’re confident the two companies will work
together in the future.”

For more information about Eastman Cyphrex^™ microfibers, visit

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of
products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty
businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and
solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its
market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms
and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation,
building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating
consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse
company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012
pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of
approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn.,
and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information
about Eastman, visit

About Ahlstrom

Ahlstrom is a high-performance materials company that partners with leading
businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. Its products are used in
a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, medical gowns and
drapes, wall coverings, flooring, labels and food packaging. Ahlstrom has a
leading market position in the businesses in which it operates, and the
company’s 5,200 employees serve customers in 28 countries on six continents.
In 2011, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to 1.6 billion euros. The company’s
share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. For more information, visit


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