Germany's RKW expanding US site

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Photo by RKW RKW North America in Franklin, Kentucky

German film manufacturer RKW is investing $18.8m (€16.5m) in expanding its production site in Franklin, Kentucky, USA.

The project involves the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility, as well as investments in new equipment.

The Frankenthal, Germany-based group said 18 Feb that the expansion would enable it to tap into markets and offer new products in North America, but did not provide further details.

RKW North America, with 100 employees, produces high-performance technical films. The investment will also create 30 new job opportunities.

The plant's production capacity was expanded in 2006 through the addition of multi-layer extrusion technology.

In 2012, RKW added new capacity for films for absorbent hygiene products at the plant.

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