Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
     Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

          Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 16, 2006

                           ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.

             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                     0-16214                  14-0462060
(State or other jurisdiction         (Commission             (I.R.S. Employer
      of incorporation)              File Number)           Identification No.)

                      1373 Broadway, Albany, New York 12204
               (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code (518) 445-2200


         (Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 8.01 Other Events

A copy of the Company press release announcing the adoption of a written trading
plan under rule 10b5-1 is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                           ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.

                                            By: /s/ Michael C. Nahl
                                            Name:  Michael C. Nahl
                                            Title: Executive Vice President and
                                                   Chief Financial Officer
                                                   (Principal Financial Officer)

Date: May 18, 2006

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX
Exhibit No.     Description
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99.1            News release dated May 16, 2006.

                                                                    Exhibit 99.1


      Albany, New York, May 16, 2006 - Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN;
PCX, FWB) announced today that it has adopted a written trading plan under Rule
10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to facilitate the repurchase of
its common stock pursuant to the Company's previously announced share repurchase
authorization. A broker or brokers selected by the Company will have the
authority under terms and limitations specified in the plan to repurchase shares
on behalf of the Company, up to the 758,720 shares remaining under the existing
repurchase authorization. Under the terms of the plan, there can be no assurance
that any shares will in fact be purchased.

      Purchases may be made under the plan beginning May 19, 2006. The latest
date on which the plan will terminate is October 25, 2006. A 10b5-1 plan allows
the Company to repurchase shares at times when it would ordinarily not be in the
market because of the Company's trading policies. The Company would remain
authorized to purchase shares after the termination of the 10b5-1 plan, without
further announcement, to the extent that fewer than 758,720 shares are purchased
under the 10b5-1 plan.

      Albany International is the world's largest producer of custom-designed
paper machine fabrics and process belts that are essential to the manufacture of
paper and paperboard. In its family of businesses, Albany applies its core
competencies in advanced textiles and materials to other industries. Founded in
1895, the Company is headquartered in Albany, New York, and employs
approximately 5,900 people worldwide. The Company's plants are strategically
located to serve its global customers. Additional information about the Company
and its businesses and products is available at www.albint.com.