We use cookies to provide you with the best experience when using this site. By continuing to use this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device. How we use cookies x


Newsletters & Alerts

Sign up for free to specialist newsletters and the digital edition of Packaging Europe magazine


Packaging Europe magazine

Bi-monthly print publication


Contact Packaging Buyers

Talk to 47,000 European Packaging Buyers

Get Access

Packaging Suppliers Database

Instant, free access to our network of 53,000 Packaging Suppliers

Get Access

Aetna Automates Wrapping for WB Group’s Doors

Released: 05/05/2014 09:41:00
Read 1381 times

WB Group manufactures an excellent product, and ensuring that the goods reach their destinations in the same pristine condition that they leave the factory floor is a priority.  Consequently, utmost care has always been taken with the packaging that plays a vital role in achieving this aim.

See product and contact details of AETNA GROUP UK.

View suppliers of similar products in the Packaging Network.

Going to Drupa? Visit our dedicated Drupa 2016 Site.

The company, based in Chester le Street in County Durham, was founded in 1981 by Kevin Craggs; it started its life as a family concern, and remains so to this day run by his son, Tony.  The company has grown exponentially since the early days, and now has seven factories on the same site manufacturing different components of the end products - high quality PVCu and composite doors, windows and door panels.    

“Our products are much sought after in the north of England and Scotland,” comments Tony Craggs.  “WB Group’s 75 employees make to order, selling, manufacturing and delivering in excess of 200 doors per week, straight to domestic installers.  We make all the infill and glass panels ourselves in other factories on the same industrial estate, which makes us flexible and self-sufficient, and releases us from dependence on other suppliers - for example, much of the glass used by other manufacturers is imported from China, from where journey time may be subject to outside forces.  We also use our own transport, which gives us reliability and a tighter control of delivery times.”

Wrapping the doors prior to delivery is essential to ensure that the goods reach their destinations in good condition.  Until recently, WG Group was carrying out this operation by hand, by laying the door on a sheet of film on a bench, ‘flipping’ it on the film several times until it was totally covered, and shrink-wrapping the film with a heat gun.   This two-man job was time consuming, awkward, and the use of heat guns always creates health and safety issues.  It was time to modernise.

Not having first-hand knowledge of automated wrapping machines, the WB Group Management team undertook some intensive on-line research and identified the Aetna Group as a potential supplier of a suitable wrapper.  This international company builds and sells a range of automatic and semi-automatic wrapping machines and has subsidiaries across Europe; its UK subsidiary is in Bedford.

Having been established in this country for over 20 years, Aetna has built a reputation as a market leader in the production of automatic wrapping machines for a wide range of applications – vertical and horizontal stretch wrapping machines, manual, semi-automatic and automatic shrink wrapping machines and five taping and case erector machines. 
“Having identified a potential supplier, we wanted to see a machine in action before we made the final decision,” Tony Craggs goes on to explain.  “Happily, one of our industry contacts was already using an Aetna machine, and invited us along to see it put through its paces.  After this, we were convinced.”
Craggs contacted Aetna, and the Rotoplat DW507 machine was installed early in 2014.  Initially it is being used to wrap only one product – the doors, and it has reduced the time for this procedure to a mere one minute.  The intention is now to extend its use to WB Group’s other products in the near future.

“We chose to buy our wrapping machine from Aetna mainly as a result of recommendation, and I have been very impressed with the service we’ve had from them,” Tony Craggs finishes by saying.  “From ordering the machine to installation took only four weeks, and this included the Christmas holiday break.  The process was simple from start to finish; it took a mere 3 hours to install and a further 3 hours of instruction for the operator to get to grips with the procedure.  Although it’s too early to quantify specific financial benefits, the wrapping process has been speeded up and there is a distinct reduction in the amount of film used. 

“We are looking to expand the use of automated wrapping to all our production; this may involve further investment, and we would have no hesitation in buying another machine from Aetna.”

More info:

Email to a friend


Log in or register for an account to leave your comment.

Other AETNA GROUP UK Stories

Neatly packaged by Aetna for Potter Logistics

Potter Logistics, is a multi-based logistics company that provides a high quality warehouse and nationwide distribution service to a diverse...

Aftersales service- a key to success at Aetna Group UK

Today's fast moving, cost conscious consumer society is placing demanding supply requirements on many UK industry sectors, and this means that the packaging industry has to be able to support its customers at all times. The experience of one of the UK's leading packaging machinery suppliers suggests that preventative maintenance is the key to continuous production.

Thomas Hardy Kendal Upgrade End of Line

Thomas Hardy Brewing and Packaging have been one of the leading contract packers of beers, ciders, soft drinks and FABs for many years, offe...

Packaging Network Entry See Network Entry



Tel: +44 1234825050

Fax: +44 1234827070

Key Industries

Alcoholic drinks


Cosmetics & perfumes


General Products


Non-alcoholic drinks

Personal care

Pharmaceuticals and vitamins


Win a €50 Amazon Voucher

Help Packaging Europe provide a better service...

Take our 3-Minute Survey

Packaging Europe Latest


Skarszewy 83-250 . st. drogowców 17

Quality Minerals Public Co., Ltd.

9/13-17 Yarnphaholyothin Rd., Jatujak, Jatujak Bangkok 10900 Thailand

Oneworld Packaging SL

Carretera Segovia, Km 19,6, 41762 Aldeamayor de San Martín, Valladolid


Minareliçavus Mahallesi, N. 208. Sk. No:4, 16140 Nilüfer/Bursa

Wains of Turnbridge Wells

Wains is a family business founded in 1963, supplying an extensive range of glass and plastic containers for a range of purposes, from food packaging to cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. We have the expertise to match our customers' requirements to the best packaging solutions for them and can provide orders in a range of quantities - from small orders through to bulk, trade requirements.

Packaging Jobs

Find top jobs in the packaging industry on Packaging Europe Jobs

£43,000 + bonus up to 25%, private healthcare, pension

£30,000 - £38,000 (DoE) + benefits

£30,000 - £35,000 + private healthcare, private pension, fle

€75,000 - €95,0000 basic (dependant on candidate/ experienc

More packaging jobs >>

Related Suppliers


Products: Converting, Labelling and Coding, Materials Handling



Products: Films and wrapping


Sick AG

Products: Materials Handling


EyeC GmbH

Products: Labelling and Coding, Printers, Services


D.R. Joseph, Inc

Products: Films & Wrapping


See all suppliers >>

Packaging Europe Magazine Subscription

Packaging Europe's Bi-monthly print publication, presenting a selection of the most talked about features from our online magazine. The cost of subscription is €120 for six editions.

Your Name:*
Email Address:
Twitter Username:
Phone No:
Company Name:*
Address Line 1:*
Address Line 2:
  • Please send an invoice to the above address for the sum of €120 for six editions of the Packaging Europe Bi-monthly print publication.

Electronic Subscriptions

Your Details

Email Address:*


Your Name:
Company Name:
Twitter Username:

Packaging Europe Magazine

  • Bi-monthly alert with an overview of and link to the latest digital edition of Europe’s most popular packaging publication

Specialist Newsletters

Packaging Markets

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Pharma & Medical

Industry Segments

  • Corrugated
  • Flexibles
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper & Cartonboard
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Labelling
  • Machinery
  • Print


  • Business News
  • Products & Innovations
  • Sustainability

By clicking "subscribe", you consent for Packaging Europe to hold your details within our system. You may subscribe for free to as many newsletters as you like (including Packaging Europe magazine) and can unsubscribe at any time. Packaging Europe will not sell your data to third parties but reserves the right to occasionally send you carefully selected information on behalf of relevant suppliers.

Packaging Buyers Database

Packaging Europe’s business intelligence service offers direct access to European buyers of packaging. Serving the information needs of packaging buyers, we have built up a contact database of over 60,000 buyers who want to hear from suppliers of packaging suitable to their market segments.

Please select the products you are interested in from the sections below and when you have made your selections, click on confirm, fill out your details and one of our team will attend to your request promptly.

There are 6826 total buyers within the Beverages industry.

  • Select All
  • Alcoholic Drinks (4059)
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks (2767)

There are 7057 total buyers within the Pharma / Medical industry.

  • Select All
  • Medical Equipment (4556)
  • Pharmaceutical (2501)

There are 15516 total buyers within the Retail industry.

  • Select All
  • Fast Food & Cafes (1986)
  • Retailers (11842)
  • Supermarkets / grocers (1688)

There are 30603 total buyers within the Food industry.

  • Select All
  • Food: Bakery (4826)
  • Food: Cheese (2881)
  • Food: Confectionary (2563)
  • Food: Dairy (2263)
  • Food: Frozen (1795)
  • Food: Fruit and Vegetables (2104)
  • Food: Honey (618)
  • Food: Loose/Dry (2712)
  • Food: Meat, Game and Fish (6109)
  • Food: Oils and Fats (1519)
  • Food: Pet Food (341)
  • Food: Preserved In Cans and Jars (1994)
  • Food: Sauces & Condiments (878)

There are 6801 total buyers within the Other Consumer Goods industry.

  • Select All
  • Cosmetics (3187)
  • Cut Flowers (372)
  • Electrical Appliances (571)
  • Home Cleaning Products (1321)
  • Soaps and Detergents (1177)
  • Tobacco Products (173)

There are 9382 total buyers within the Industrial / Building / DIY industry.

  • Select All
  • Adhesives (1772)
  • Automotive Components (2042)
  • Chemicals (2251)
  • Construction Materials (1455)
  • Paints (1862)
Your Name:
Company Name:
Your Phone:
Your Email:

Your Selections:

  • 0 Products Selected