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Award Hopes for Family Business of More Than Five Decades


A global packaging firm based in Nottingham has made the shortlist in the Midlands Family Business Awards.


The Wilkins Group, a family business of three generations which has a head office in Colwick, is hoping for success in the International Trade category.


Sales director, Justin Wilkins, said he was delighted the company had made the shortlist in the awards, which recognise and reward success across ten categories.


He said: “The Wilkins Group has seen massive growth globally over the last decade. Making the shortlist for the Family Business Awards is great recognition of all of the hard work that we have done over the last 54 years. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a win; it would be a great boost for everyone in the group.”


For more than ten years The Wilkins Group, which was founded in 1963 by graphic designer Ken Wilkins and his son Andre, has become integrated overseas with manufacturing hubs covering Eastern Europe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and China with the infrastructure to service many surrounding countries.


Today The Wilkins Group is focused on bringing progression to Sri Lanka and its other offshore sites.


Justin said: “The garment industry has a need to have its packaging well controlled and to a high quality, which is backed up by a highly focused team in the UK to service retailers and customers.”


This year has seen the company invest in a state-of the-art machine for its new Fuse division, to enable it to cater for the luxury packaging market. It has also purchased new machines for its Romania division.


All finalists at the Midlands Family Business Awards are entered into the People’s Choice category, which is decided by public vote. Voting closes on October 31. The winners and highly commended in each category of the awards will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Derby Velodrome in November.


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The Wilkins Group Becomes ‘The Whole Package’ With First Machine of its Kind


A Nottingham-based packaging company is launching a new arm to its business following a 600K investment in a specialist digital foiling and varnishing machine – the first of its kind to be introduced to the UK for the carton market.


The Wilkins Group has invested the substantial sum in the new equipment, and showroom renovation, set to house FUSE- A brand new division, providing innovative, luxury packaging with a premium finish that is completely digital.


Focused on the high-end digital enhancements to packaging, FUSE has been created to cater specifically for premium packaging markets such as the cosmetics, perfumery, liquor, confectionery and gifting industries.


Justin Wilkins, sales and marketing director at The Wilkins Group, said: “Following a demand in the market for luxury packaging, we decided to extend our expertise into the premium packaging market by developing FUSE, as a sub-brand of the Wilkins Group.


“The investment means that we can now provide advanced foil blocking and varnishing methods in short runs with the only machine of its kind in the UK for carton production. This will allow our clients to amplify their brand and take it to the next level.


“This is a huge asset to both the Wilkins Group and our customers. We are very excited to introduce the new services that FUSE offers at thePackaging Innovations trade show in March.


A wing of the company’s Nottingham headquarters also underwent a £100,000 redevelopment to house the new machine, which saw structural changes and an incorporation of the FUSE branding throughout.


Covering 5,000 sqft, the FUSE branch consists of three main sectors: The Development Room, where clients meet with the in-house graphics team to watch their ideas come to life, the Buzz Zone, which focuses on inspiration and innovation, and the Production Room, where visitors can watch the machine transform digital graphics into a printed product while they wait.


Justin added: “The name FUSE was picked by our staff members in an internal competition. The name represents the fusing of traditional print with new, innovative technology. We are eagerly anticipating its official launch at the Packaging Innovations show next month, and look forward to meeting with many more high-end brands in future.”

Packaging Firm Invests in £600,000 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.


This will be the sixth gluing machine to be installed at the Nottingham head office and it will enable the group 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 plus much more.


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.


Justin 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.


A global company, The Wilkins Group also has offices located in Sri Lanka, Romania and Bangladesh, distributing packaging worldwide.

UK Head Office

+44 (0) 115 989 6000

The Wilkins Building,

Private Road Number 1,

Colwick Ind. Estate,


NG4 2JQ. UK.

Wilkins Romania

+40 (0) 21 201 5870

Sat Domnesti, Comuna Domnesti, Strada Tudor Vladimirescu. Nr. 393,

Depozit H2, Judet Ilfov, 077090. Romania.

Wilkins Sri Lanka

+94 11 486 5678

Wilkins Spence Packaging Lanka PVT

No. 374/5. Gonahena Rd, Kadawatha.

Sri Lanka.

Wilkins China

+86 (0) 756 322 1561

Suite 302, Unit 3,

Building 1,  Jiu Zhou Hua Yuan, 455 Hao, Qing Lu Nan Lu, Zhuhai 519015, Guangdong.


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