RKW Danafilms announces name change to RKW North America to reflect commitment to North American market

RKW North America has the expertise to drive world-class innovations in technical and hygiene films — right here in North America.

FRANKLIN, KY. — July 28, 2015 — RKW Danafilms, a part of privately owned RKW Group, announced on July 15 that it changed its corporate name to RKW North America. The name RKW North America reflects its solid position in the North American blown film market and the company’s commitment to supply a range of premium technical and hygiene films to all clients across North America.

“Our name — RKW North America — captures the pledge we've made to growing with our customers here in North America,” announced Erik Powell, Vice President & General Manager of RKW North America.  “We've become known as a flexible and agile producer of customized mono- and co-extruded films, and we look forward to reinforcing this reputation with world-class technologies to deliver greater long-term opportunities for our customers. We’re in this for the long haul.”

RKW Group, which has a global network of R&D expertise in 22 manufacturing sites around the world, has a clear plan to leverage emerging technologies by reinvesting even more than before in state-of-the art equipment for its consolidated technical and hygiene film manufacturing plant in Franklin, Kentucky. Erik Powell confirms this by noting, "Our current facility can accommodate several additional extrusion lines and we own enough contiguous rail-served property to significantly increase the plant size as our customers' demand for high-performance films continues to grow." This strategy, say RKW North America officials, will open the door to even greater long-term opportunities for new and existing clients alike.

“We have a very bright future ahead of us,” says Rod McDowell, national accounts manager for RKW North America.  “We look forward to continuing partnerships with all our existing customers and developing business with new clients, too.”

First established in 2000, the Franklin manufacturing plant has steadily grown both its physical footprint and its capabilities thanks to sustained reinvestments in technology and a dedication to growing together with clients.

“We’ve got great expertise and capacity here in Franklin,” says Powell. “We plan to market this capacity at competitive rates and bring on line those technologies that our customers are demanding. In the months and years ahead, RKW North America will tap the global expertise of RKW Group  and continue our service commitment to being the de facto solutions provider as we take part in the growth that our customers enjoy.”

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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Erik Powell
Phone: +1 270-598-7700
E-mail: erik.powell@rkw-group.com

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