COMMISSION 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: January 22, 2004
                        (Date of earliest event reported)

                           ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                      0-16214                  14-0462060
(State or other jurisdiction          (Commission              (IRS employer
     of incorporation)                file number)           identification no.)

                      1373 Broadway, Albany, New York 12204
                                 (518) 445-2200
 (Address and telephone number of the registrant's principal executive offices)

Item 5. Other Events and Required FD Disclosure

On January 22, 2004, Albany International issued a news release announcing plans
to consolidate  certain European  manufacturing  operations.  A copy of the news
release is furnished 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: Senior Vice President and Chief
                                                 Financial Officer

Date: January 22, 2004

                                Index to Exhibits

Exhibit Number    Description of Document
--------------    -----------------------

99.1              News  release,  dated  January  22,  2004,  issued  by  Albany
                  International Corp.