Nottingham packaging company invests £600,000 in state-of-the-art gluing machine


A Nottingham packaging company has invested more than £600,000 in a new state-of-the-art gluing machine to keep up with growing industry demand.

It will be the sixth gluing machine to be installed at The Wilkins Group’s Nottingham head office and will enable the firm to increase its capacity.

The machine, a Bobst Expertfold, is a high performance carton board gluing machine, which covers various types of packaging profiles including crash lock base, four corner gluing and six corner gluing.

Justin Wilkins, sales and marketing director at The Wilkins Group, said: “This is an exciting addition to our factory, as it is a high spec machine which can construct all the various types of packaging designs we need at a fast pace.

“We now have six gluing machines at our Nottingham branch, this machine has the latest technology, so we are excited to see the results”.

The company, which achieved a £27.5m turnover last year, noticed a market surge in the packaging market and invested in the equipment in order to meet a higher demand for packaging products. The business is now trading at circa £30m turnover in UK.

Wilkins added: “We are delighted to be improving our services by investing in machines like this which allow us to provide a greater capacity of high-quality packaging for our clients at a faster rate.

“This investment will allow us to keep up with the higher demands from our current clients, as well as allowing us to take on new projects”.

The Bobst Expertfold runs cartons at a speed of up to 100,000 an hour and automatically boxes them.

The new equipment will be used predominantly for the food industry, as the Nottingham-based branch of The Wilkins Group specialises in food packaging.