Aptra® Breathable Film Impervious to Viruses

Franklin (KY) / Frankenthal (Germany), March 26, 2020 – RKW´s Aptra® breathable and microporous film for personal protective equipment (PPE) helps to protect hospital staff against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other body fluids, blood and viral threats.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has drastically increased the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) including surgical and isolation gowns. The RKW Group is a leading expert in the production of medical films and laminates used as a principal raw material in the manufacturing of surgical gowns and drapes.

Under the brand name Aptra®, RKW offers films that provide an exceptional combination of viral barrier properties and breathability. These films are a critical component in protective garments manufactured by RKW’s customers for protection against COVID-19 and other viral and blood-borne diseases. Aptra ® meets the high standards of personal protective equipment, and is used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Aptra® Classic film meets AAMI Level 4 and is resistant against blood-borne pathogens (ASTM F1670) and viral penetration (ASTM F1671). RKW also offers films that meet AAMI Level 3 standards. RKW uses only FDA-approved raw materials for incidental contact, direct contact or both.

Well-known, globally active companies have been relying on the expertise of RKW and the quality of Aptra® films for many years when it comes to their production of surgical gowns.

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The RKW Group

The RKW Group is an independent, privately owned company headquartered in Frankenthal, Germany and one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of excellent film solutions. RKW is the market leader in the areas of hygiene and agricultural films, films for the beverage industry and packaging for powdery goods. In addition, the company makes films and nonwovens for medical applications, for the chemical and converting industries as well as for the construction sector. RKW’s sustainable films enable its customers to improve the daily life of consumers all over the world.

In the fiscal year 2019, RKW generated total sales of USD 930 million. About 3,000 employees process more than 776,000 million lbs. of plastic materials at 20 locations around the world. True to the corporate slogan “When excellence matters”, the company, which was founded in 1957, offers outstanding performance in terms of quality and service. Respect and reliability are the core values of RKW and form the basis of the company’s success.

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