Half a Century of Company History – RKW Petersaurach Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Celebrated 50 years of RKW Petersaurach: (left to right) Norbert Wichmann (General Manager RKW Petersaurach), CEO Harald Biederbick, deputy mayor Lutz Egerer, District Administrator Dr. Jürgen Ludwig, Member of the Board Matthias Kaufmann
Tag der offenen Tür, 12.07.2014
Tag der offenen Tür, 12.07.2014
Tag der offenen Tür, 12.07.2014
Tag der offenen Tür, 12.07.2014

Open House Day at the Town’s Largest Employer

Petersaurach, July 14, 2014 – On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, one of the largest film manufacturers in the region, RKW SE Petersaurach, held an Open Day last Saturday, July 12. Visitors were offered a rich and varied program with interesting behind-the-scenes insights into the production of plastics.

How does a printing machine work? What is an extruder? What is in the large silos on the company premises which can be seen from far away? And what does the company actually make in Petersaurach? Answers to these and other interesting questions were given at the company’s Open Day last weekend.

Apart from a tour of the plant, the approximately 1,000 visitors enjoyed a colourful and family-friendly program with lots of opportunities for youngsters and adults to join in. At one stand, apprentices and trainees provided information on job and career perspectives at RKW. “The Open Day was a total success” said General Manager RKW Petersaurach Norbert Wichmann. “It was interesting to see how many people were enthusiastic to learn about plastics and all its facets”.

Growth and Continuity

The foundations of the Petersaurach site go back over 50 years to the company Norvin which started producing insulation materials and garden water hoses. The breakthrough for the company happened in 1950 with the Norvin bra-filler: 11 gram light PVC cups offered women a bit more padding and to a very reasonable price of DM 10. In 1962, Norvin was sold to its largest competitor, RKW. Two years later in 1964, the foundation stone for a new plant was laid on a green-field site in Petersaurach.

Since then, capacities have been continuously increased along with growth. “If a company has been successful for 50 years, it is not only a sign of long-term commercial health but even more the result of careful strategic focus on sales markets, high quality products but above all, highly motivated employees” said Harald Biederbick, the CEO of the RKW Group, adding “The Petersaurach site is a long-running success story”.

Today, the production focus is on films for hygiene and medical applications (diaper films, films for sanitary napkins, etc.), packaging films for consumer goods as well as films for technical applications which are used in, for example, coffee packaging, toothpaste tubes or label films. Around 300 employees including 23 trainees in the areas of industrial management, warehouse logistics, electronic engineering, industrial mechanics, print media technologies and process technicians for plastic and rubber technologies work at the Petersaurach site.