Milestones of a success story

1957  Foundation of Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH by Renolit for the polyethylene film activities

1962  Expansion to Southern Germany through integration of Petersaurach plant

1965  Expansion to Northern Germany through integration of Echte plant

1966  First European expansion through acquisition of Industrias Iter S.A., Zaragoza, Spain

1972  Expanding capacities in film-conversion through integration of Hersbruck plant

1998  Acquisition of ACE S.A., Liège, Belgium (hygienic & medical films)

1999  Acquisition of RKW Sweden AB, Helsingborg (compounding, FPO®)

2000  Acquisition of RKW St. Frères Emballage S.A.S, Ville-le-Marclet, France and of Rosenlew RKW Finland Oy, Pori, Finland

2001  Further acquisitions of Remy S.A., Saultain, France and RKW Guial S.A.S., Quincieux, France

2002  Acquisition of four BP plants for films and nonwovens in Germany (Wasserburg, Michelstadt, Nordhorn, Gronau), RKW US Inc., Rome, USA and Castelletta S.A., Chamboeuf, France

2003  RKW becomes independent; change of name from Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH to RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke

2004  Acquisition of RKW Lotus Ltd. , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2005  Acquisition of Werra Plastic GmbH & Co. KG, Philippsthal, Germany

2007  Acquisition of HydroSpun Nonwoven GmbH, Halberstadt, Germany 

2008  RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke becomes RKW SE

2009  Foundation of RKW Egypt in Gizeh, Egypt and start of the 1st. RKW "Greenfield Project"

2011  Acquisition of the North American company Danafilms, Inc. in Westborough, MA and Franklin, USA

2014  Acquisition of Hyplast NV, Hoogstraten, Belgium and of Biofol Film GmbH, Unseburg, Germany

2015  Inauguration of RKW Guangzhou Company Ltd., RKW's first Site in China

2015  Consolidation and focusing on core products: closure of RKW Werra in Philippsthal, Germany, and RKW Iter S.A.U. in Zaragoza, Spain, sale of RKW Danafilms in Westborough, USA

2015  RKW Danafilms, Franklin, USA becomes RKW North America

2016  RKW Lotus changes name to RKW Vietnam

2016  Further consolidation and focusing on core products, closure of RKW Unseburg, Germany

2017  Dr. Rudolf Wehrli takes over Chairmanship of RKW's Supervisory Board from Hansjakob Müller (son of the company founder), who resigned for reasons of age

2017  Following the resignation of Matthias Kaufmann, Reinhold Franke joins the RKW Executive Board

2017  RKW celebrates 60th anniversary