Germany-based RKW Group, one of Europe's largest film extruders, has made further investments in Southeast Asia with site upgrades at its Vietnam plant.
To enable the production of printed multipack films for beer, mineral water and soft drinks, the company has invested in a new line for high-quality film prints at its site in Ho Chi Minh City. The new machine is expected to be commissioned and to start production by the end of 2016.
RKW Vietnam managing director Oliver Dirmeier, said: “In addition to unprinted multipack films, we are now able to produce printed versions in Vietnam for the first time. “Local beverage manufacturers who traditionally packed their products in cartons are now able to access these eye-catching and robust alternatives. Thanks to high-quality processing, we can meet the demanding quality standards of many different products.”
The film will be easy to recycle in a single-stream program, making it possible for users to improve sustainability, Dirmeier said.
The company has also begun the expansion of its operating area. The current area will be enlarged by 50 percent with the goal of ensuring shorter distances between production units and streamlining work processes.
Dirmeier added: “Through the expansion, we will be creating a coherent production site that not only integrates existing buildings but also provides the necessary space for further investments.”