RKW Film Innovation Awarded at Largest Agricultural Exhibition in the USA

Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1 is the combination of a silage and vacuum oxygen barrier film.

In the lead-up to the World Ag Expo (USA), Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1 selected as one of the top-ten products

Frankenthal, February 18, 2015 – RKW is among the winners of the World Ag Expo, which was held from February 10-12, 2015 in Tulare, California. A committee of experts awarded the RKW Group for their film innovation Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1, which is a combination of a silage and vacuum film and features a six-to-ten times improved oxygen barrier. Overall, the jury, which consisted of industry experts, agriculturalists, and stock-breeders, selected a total of 10 product innovations for this year’s World Ag Expo.

Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1 is the first product worldwide that combines a polyethylene silage film with a polyamide vacuum film. This enables a silo to be covered in one work step – the effort required is therefore significantly lower than with standard silage films. Beginning with the coverage process, the film innovation attaches to the silage. Through the absorption of ambient moisture, the vacuum film independently separates from the silage film after a few days and clings to the silage’s surface.

Moreover, during the manufacturing of Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1 40% less raw materials are required and 50% less packaging material is produced, resulting in an important contribution to environmental protection and to lower disposal costs. Due to its special barrier characteristics, the polyamide vacuum film with its six-to-ten times improved oxygen barrier significantly reduces the ingress of oxygen into the fodder stock. In turn, this results in a low level of fermentation loss and minimizes the formation of mold, thereby ensuring that the quality of the silage is retained.

Due to its convincing application and environmental advantages, Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1 has previously received numerous awards from recognized European bodies and committees. With innovations such as this one, the RKW Group underscores its claim to the development of premium brand products that are used in the agricultural industry, in horticulture and gardening, as well as in engineering construction and hydraulic engineering. In the US, Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1 is available in widths ranging from 24’-60’, in lengths of 100’-1250’, and in thicknesses ranging from 4 and 5 mil.


The RKW Group

The RKW Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of high-quality plastic films and nonwovens.

On an annual basis, the Group’s more than 3,000 employees process over 420,000 tons of plastic materials in 23 locations around the world.

The RKW Group offers a broad range of product and service solutions in films and nonwovens for the hygiene and medical field, for the converting industry, for industrial and consumer packaging as well as for the agricultural and construction sectors.

For almost 60 years, the RKW Group has been setting standards in terms of quality, innovation, and service from which our local and global customers benefit.

The independent, family-owned company generated sales of 860 million euros in 2013.

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RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG
Marion Link
Head of Marketing & Communications Agricultural Films and Nets
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