Aetna Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial wrapping machines, came to the attention of A1 Towbars in 2014 after its management team made the decision to implement a significant upgrade to the company’s packaging system. The Sheffield-based company manufactures an extensive range of high quality vehicle towbars.
The company was purchased in 2006 by the present management team headed by Chief Executive Mark Terry, and has its manufacturing base in Sheffield, with offices in Cambridge and Jersey. Its 35 employees …
Winner: Aetna Group UK
The combination of investment in a brand new testing facility in Italy and its latest stretch wrapping technology means Aetna is achieving the optimum stable transit pack while using thinner, cheaper and even damaged materials for its customers in the drinks trade. The judges also praised the fact that ‘it enables customers to use correct wrapping, not just more wrapping, to deliver undamaged goods – a no waste option’.
Since March 2011 when Martin Thornton acquired the assets of the old Villa soft drinks business in Sunderland and renamed the company Contract Bottling Ltd the business, with a completely new team of directors and senior managers, has never looked back. Most companies in the drinks industry have had a couple of good years, but a 178% increase in production output is no mean feat in itself.
In 2012, CBL acquired one line from Silver Spring in Folkestone, Kent along with …
In recent weeks there has been some debate on the pros and cons of the cost of wrapping pallets from the point of view of just paying a cost per pallet rental type scheme, which seems to be anything from 70p to £2 per pallet, versus 34p to 48p when owning your own pallet stretch wrapper either by buying the machine outright of purchasing it with the help of a finance house. Owning your own machine of course allows you …
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