Based in Germany, Winkler+Dünnebier (W+D) designs and builds top-level machines for the manufacturing of disposable hygiene products. The company has recently introduced a concept for more sustainable products, focusing on the replacement of the typical PE single-wrap pouch. By applying technology from W+D’s high-speed handkerchief machines, they’ve developed a system for creating a small count of three to five folded products, wrapped in a reclosable pouch. With up to 300 ministacks per minute, the capacity of this product’s production system far exceeds the speed of typical hygiene bagfillers. Wrapping material can include classic PE film, bio-based or recycled materials.
Single-wrap for menstrual or incontinence pads causes an average of roughly 25 Mio sqm of pouchfilm per year per production line. It is time to make a quantum leap, by introducing new wrapping concepts, avoiding plastic waste and reducing the overall consumption of material.
Marc Wolpers, VP Sales & Market Development Hygiene Solutions, W+D
The W+D TO-GO ministack reduces wrapping material by up to 85%, reducing product cost and providing a “less waste” benefit to the consumer. This concept is suitable for all regions and markets.
Along with TO-GO, W+D has developed additional sustainable single-wrap alternatives. One example is Green Manta. This concept is based on W+D’s expertise in paper converting. It features the inline preparation of a small paper envelope, and the wrapping of a folded product into it. The result is an exclusive product that meets sustainability demands on a premium level.
W+D also has numerous initiatives and processes in place to meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 04 (Education), 07 (Energy), 08 (Work), 10 (Equality), and 14 (Oceans/Plastic). Further initiatives and action plans to comply with goals 11 (City/Community), 12 (Production), 13 (Climate) and 15 (Land) are in preparation.