New Director Sales Nonwovens at RKW

Jelle Westerterp is the new Director Sales Nonwovens at RKW-Group.

Frankenthal, October 13, 2015 – The new Director Sales Nonwovens is Jelle Westerterp who has been responsible for managing sales activities at the RKW Sites Gronau and Halberstadt since August 2015.

Both sites specialize in the development, production and sales of spunbonded and carded nonwovens. In particular, RKW is the innovative leader in the area of hydroentangled spunbonded nonwovens which are marketed under the name RKW HyJet®. RKW will continue to expand these activities through continuous developments, which ensure that our nonwovens fulfil the requirements of numerous applications. Uses for RKW HyJet® embrace the construction industry and the backing layer for laminates which are used for protective and sound absorption materials in the automotive industry. RKW nonwovens are also used in the area of Personal Care as well as in agriculture and the packaging industry.

Innovations for Customer Applications

In his new function as the Director Sales Nonwovens, Jelle will maintain and expand customer relations. The new colleague in the RKW Group is a 49 year old Dutch national and currently lives in Belgium with his wife and four sons. After gaining a Master’s degree at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the chemical engineer started his career at Unilever and worked in Great Britain, France and the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2009, he worked for Sappi Fine Paper Europe and United Flexibles in Germany and Belgium until he was appointed the Head of Marketing and later Sales for the hygiene area at PGI Nonwovens in the EMEA region. Before Jelle joined RKW, he was Key Account Director for BOPP films at Treofan, Germany.

“I am looking forward to help drive RKW’s global growth” says Jelle. “We focus ourselves on our customers’ individual applications and ensure through our innovations that our products fulfil market needs in the best way possible”. He has been an active contributor to EDANA for several years and will represent RKW in the area of nonwovens. With its services, EDANA serves over 240 member companies in the nonwovens and related industries in 36 countries.

About RKW Group

The RKW-Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of high-quality plastic films and nonwovens. On an annual basis, 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 940 million euros in 2014.

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