President/Managing Partner, Teknoweb NA LLC
BIOGRAPHYCarl Cucuzza is the President and Managing Partner of Teknoweb North America in Loganville, Georgia. Teknoweb is an Italian-based company that designs and manufactures machines for the production and packaging of wet wipes, disposable gloves, face masks, and similar products. Carl has been involved in the nonwovens disposables market for more than 35 years, has served on the INDA Board of Directors, and is involved in several industry committees. He has been granted seven patents related to machinery for producing disposable products and has written numerous articles for trade publications.
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Sustainable Packaging Options for Wet Wipes
The world has a plastic waste problem and flexible film packaging and equipment manufacturing companies like ColorMasters and Teknoweb have a responsibility to be part of the solution.
Currently the standard flexible film materials used for wipes packaging are constructed by a 2-3 mil thick PET/PE printed laminate converted on HFFS flow wrap equipment. The primary function of the packaging is to provide a moisture vapor barrier (MVTR) to ensure wet wipe efficacy for the duration of the products shelf life. Current PET/PE flexible film laminates, used in wet wipes packaging, do not qualify for How to Recycle requirements. Additionally, PE film structures alone do not meet the MVTR requirements for maintaining product moisture levels.
Our presentation will provide an overview of the new PE based film options, developed by ColorMasters, that meet the film performance specifications required for wet wipes, convert at traditional line speeds, and meet ♴ and ♶ How to Recycle standards. In addition, we will review the testing, developed and completed by Technoweb on wipes converting assets, validating process ability of these new flow pack film variants as well as optimal process settings and equipment capabilities. Our goal in this presentation is to help develop our industry toward the successful and sustainable circularity of plastics.