WB Group ‘tools up’ with £500k of new machinery

WB Group ‘tools up’ with £500k of new machinery

When WB Group, one of the North’s leading manufacturers of PVCu windows and doors, GRP composite doors and PVCu door infill panels, decided to invest almost £500k in new machinery as part of its philosophy of continued investment and improvement, Wegoma (now Avantek) was the obvious choice to speak to.

WB Group, which employs over 90 staff and operates from a 60,000 sq ft production plant in County Durham,  has grown substantially – 19% in the last year alone .

The company, based in the North East of England, is in its 34th year of manufacturing window and door products, supplying trade customers from the North of England to the central belt of Scotland. With volumes continuing to increase, WB Group depends on reliable and efficient machinery in order to manufacture the highest quality products through the most efficient processes.

Tony Craggs, Managing Director, explains:

“We’ve been using Wegoma for around 20 years and know and trust the team – so when we decided to invest in our latest set of new machinery, they were the obvious people to speak to, as well as looking at alternative suppliers as a benchmark.

“After several conversations and lots of research, we visited their stand at the FIT Show in 2014 and did the deal there and then. In all, we’ve invested almost half a million pounds on two Wegoma WSALVE quad welders, two Wegoma WSA$UNI 4-head inline welders, a Wegoma DS130ac computerised double-mitre saw, an Urban SV530 CNC corner transom cleaner, and an Urban AKD 6605/8 8-head welder.

“We decided to install the machinery in a phased approach from September, and it’s all gone very smoothly – any problems were dealt with immediately and we’re now just finishing off the implementation of the 8-head welder.

“We’re already seeing efficiency improvements from the new kit, with products moving through the factory more quickly resulting in better lead times for our customers. Product quality has also improved with the new investment.

“The team has been responsive and really helpful throughout the process, and even trained our staff to use the new machinery. Everyone on site has got to grips with it all really quickly and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them if you need any advice about PVCu window machinery.”

The WB Group can be contacted on 0191 410 9333 or via their website www.wbgroup.co.uk.