In 1957, Jakob Müller founded the RKW Group as Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH in Worms, Germany. Today, the family owned company has evolved into one of the world's foremost manufacturers of excellent film solutions.
Relocation of the company headquarters: RKW moves its headquarters to Mannheim.
Reorganization of the ownership structure: the Fischer and Lang/Helms family members acquire the shares in JM Holding GmbH and Renolit SE, the Müller and de Alvear family members the shares in RKW SE.
With our sustainable film solutions, we enable our customers to improve the daily lives of consumers all over the world
RKW Lotus changes name to RKW Vietnam
Inauguration of RKW Guangzhou Company Ltd., RKW´s first site in China
RKW Danafilms, Franklin, USA, becomes RKW North America
Acquisition of Hyplast NV, Hoogstraten, Belgium, and Biofol Film GmbH, Unseburg, Germany
Acquisition of the North American company Danafilms, Inc. in Westborough, MA and Franklin, USA
Foundation of RKW’s first greenfield project in Egypt“
RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke becomes RKW SE
Acquisition of HydroSpun Nonwoven GmbH, Germany
Acquisition of Werra Plastic GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Acquisition of RKW Lotus Ltd., Vietnam
RKW becomes independant; name change to RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke
Acquisition of four former BP plants in Germany (Wasserburg, Michelstadt, Nordhorn, Gronau), RKW US Inc., USA, and Castelletta S.A.S., France
Further acquisitions: Rémy S.A., France, and RKW Guial S.A.S., France
Acquisition of RKW St. Frères Emballage S.A.S., France, and Rosenlew RKW Finland Oy
Acquisition of RKW Sweden AB
Acquisition of ACE SA, Belgium
Expanding film conversion capacities through integration of Hersbruck plant
First European expansion: Industrias Iter S.A., Spain
Integration of Site in Echte
Integration of Petersaurach plant
In 1957, Jakob Müller founded the RKW Group as Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH in Worms, Germany. Today, the family owned company has evolved into one of the world´s foremost manufacturers of excellent film solutions.
Foundation of Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH
Headquarters of Rheinische
Kunststoffwerke GmbH in Worms, Germany.
The idea of RKW founder Jakob Müller was to develop the best polyethylene films for a wide range of applications and to become independent of raw materials that were scarce at that time. Back then, RKW produced mainly everyday consumer products. Since 1957, the small company has grown relatively quickly.