RKW Sites in Saxony-Anhalt on the Road to Success

Frankenthal (Germany), May 9, 2016 – With Sites in Unseburg and Halberstadt, Saxony-Anhalt is an important region for the RKW Group. The RKW Site in Unseburg is being expanded and is adding interesting jobs. Thanks to investments of over EUR 1 million, all signs are pointing to growth.

The RKW Group will invest more than EUR 1 million in the Unseburg Site between February and July 2016 to be prepared for further profitable growth. With this investment, the RKW Group is reinforcing its commitment to the Saxony-Anhalt region. The investment includes an additional 20 silos for raw material storage as well as a blown film line which will allow the Site to manufacture high-quality plastic geo-barriers for construction, environmental and civil engineering applications for the first time. Furthermore, 10 new production jobs are currently being created at the Unseburg Site.

The RKW Site in Halberstadt successfully manufactures hydroentangled spunbond and thermobonded spunbond nonwovens, and is a global technology and innovative leader in this field. The world’s first line for the large-scale production of hydroentangled spunbond nonwovens enabled RKW to be the first manufacturer to develop and produce endless-filament nonwovens in an in-line process. Under the brand name RKW HyJet®, these products are used, for example, as surface protection and as acoustic nonwovens in the automotive industry as well as in the growing hygiene market for personal care and medical applications.

“RKW’s Sites in Saxony-Anhalt provide about 90 people with work and as a training company, also perspectives for young people. Safe jobs, further and in-house training and ecological responsibility are important to us as a medium-sized, family-owned company” said Harald Biederbick, the Chairman of the RKW Group. “With our expansion and investments in Unseburg, we are clearly signaling our commitment to the business location Sachsen-Anhalt”.

On highly advanced and efficient production lines, RKW Unseburg successfully manufactures films for agriculture, landscape gardening and the construction industry. As a modern and future-oriented Site, Unseburg has an in-house recycling plant (capacity: 2,500 tonnes per year) which allows the re-use of selected in-house production wastes in a closed circuit.

The RKW Group has been active in Northern Saxony-Anhalt since 2007 following its acquisition of HydroSpun GmbH in Halberstadt. With the purchase of the Unseburg-based Biofol Film GmbH in 2014, the manufacturer of plastic films and nonwovens is further expanding its presence in the middle of Germany.