RKW Danafilms, a part of privately owned RKW Group (rkw-group.com), 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,” says 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.”