AETNA GROUP starts at the beginning of the 1980`s when ROBOPAC, a small company based in the Republic of San Marino, devised a revolutionary solution, whose patent is recognised all over the world. The company produced a self-propelled robotic machine with rechargeable batteries and probe , which automatically turns around pallets of any size and shape, applying a stretchable film, which protects and stabilises the load. Robopac soon became an international leader in the field of semi-automatic machines for stretchable film application with the aim of stabilising palletised loads. Over time, the company has developed a vast range of technologies: rotating tables, horizontal wrapping machines for elongated products, packaging machines for heat-shrink film application and taping machines.
In 1987, ROBOPAC SISTEMI was created, which started the production of systems and automatic machines to stabilise palletised loads with film that is stretchable up to 100 pallets/hour. Since the beginning, the company has stood out for its ability to design machines based on specific customer demands and for proposing highly technological solutions, which guarantee high production levels, as well as a punctual after-sales service, providing timely and helpful responses.
With the goal of creating a leading Group which provides customers with valid solutions for packaging, in 1989, the company acquired DIMAC, a firm that had been working within the sector for more than ten years. This Business Unit produces and commercialises a wide range of continuous film shrink wrappers with heat-shrink film and high and medium speed wrap-around cartoning machines, as well as tray packers and packaging machines for can caps, all destined for various fields (food, beverages, pharmaceutical, etc.).
In 2010, AETNA GROUP also incorporated PRASMATIC, a company specialised, since 1977, in the designing, manufacturing, and installation of packaging and wrapping systems in heat-shrink film and cardboard for various sectors, including food, beverages, dairy, home and personal care etc.
AETNA GROUP sets out to be a global leader in the field of packaging solutions by focusing on innovation and creating added value for customers, as well as a benchmark company in terms of quality and profitability.
Innovation is achieved by constantly investing in people and production plants, developing in-company technologies - thus acquiring greater knowledge and skills - and enhancing corporate culture, which is crucial in order to successfully meet market requirements. This is why the Group has decided to invest more than 6% of its turnover in research, innovation and training.
AETNA GROUP has always considered its customers as one of its top priorities: becoming a partner, rather than just a supplier, is a step further which highlights the company's inclination to ensure full customer satisfaction. This leading role was achieved by focusing on several aspects, such as great respect for customers, innovation combined with reliability, technical support, and spare parts made available in major markets.
AETNA GROUP is optimistic about the future and is aware of the new challenges that it will have to face and overcome. As a matter of fact, the company's motto is 'Striving to do what we already do well even better'. In order to achieve this goal, the Group has set up a management team with excellent managerial skills, capable of operating at strategic times, rapidly dealing with business-related issues and with the organisational changes to be made. The Group's winning strategy is to ensure consistency and continuity for a strategic approach to business.
As part of this approach, the Group is currently making substantial investments in collaboration with major consulting firms to streamline production processes (Lean production) and management processes (SAP), with the aim to improve productivity and support competitiveness while generating profits to implement development plans.