RKW starts up €4m expansion in north Germany site

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Photo by RKW New machinery target high-precision and customised converting.

RKW SE, a leading German plastic films manufacturer, has commissioned a new tube former at its production site in Echte, north Germany, marking the 50th anniversary of the plant.

The €4m investment in new machinery will expand the site’s production of FFS films, self-venting RKW ProVent plastic solutions and garbage bags, RKW said in a 10-Sept statement.

RKW had already made a multi-million-euro investment in improving the infrastructure of the site and a new flexographic printing press in 2016.

According to site manager Johannes Heintges, the recent round of investment was made in response to growing demand to RKW ProVent packaging solution, which is designed for powdery and moisture-sensitive goods such as construction materials, chemical precursors and food additives.

“The new production line is subsequent to the 2016 investment in our printing centre, which serves the need for high-end print designs. With the tube former we are now taking the next step and focusing on high-precision and customised converting," Heintges added.

Investment made in response to growing demand for RKW ProVent solution

According to RKW, the tube former is coordinated with the flexographic printing line to ensure short delivery times for the production of tailor-made plastic sack solutions.

"This machine can be used to produce a wide variety of bag formats with different venting options. Small production runs are easy to manage thanks to optimised set-up times," explained production manager Markus Brinkmann.

According to Brinkmann, special focus will be on small packaging sizes.

RKW believes that the system sets industry standards when it comes to product quality and sustainability.

The special winding technology, for instance, ensures high winding quality, especially for narrow rolls and small diameters.

The system also offers new options for modifying the packaging by processing, for instance, thinner films to reduce material consumption.

The RKW ProVent solution is claimed by the company to offer “much better” protection against external influences such as moisture and wet conditions, compared to conventional paper sacks.

The Echte plant is specialised in the development and production of high-quality industrial packaging – FFS films, converted sacks and shrink films – and garbage bags.

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