Who are WBL? 

WBL was established by Derek Wood, Phil Brown and Stuart Laxton who have a collective experience of over 75 years and are experts in pneumatic conveying and mechanical handling systems.

Derek, Phil and Stuart worked together at FPE Global Ltd for over 5 years on projects for major blue chip companies such as Kellogg, Weetabix, Reliance India, Dangote Industries and Nestle.

FPE Global were a group of companies consisting of highly regarded and well recognised brands such as NEU Solutions, Aeromaster, JADAL and Flomat Bagfilla.
The closure of FPE Global and other established suppliers in the field, the loss of key personnel and a nationwide skills shortage of new engineers coming into the industry, has led to fewer suppliers for the end client.

WBL can provide the technical experience, advice and support to add value to your business as showcased by the current £7 million ELeather project. Your business can benefit from the exceptional service and technical expertise that you would expect from any market leader. However, with the removal of third party engineering margins and overheads WBL can provide this at a fraction of the cost meaning that any savings are retained by you.

WBL aim to provide you with an outstanding working solution which meets your production and sustainability targets, on time and within budget.

Who are WBL?

WBL was established by Derek Wood, Phil Brown and Stuart Laxton who have a collective experience of over 75 years and are experts in pneumatic conveying and mechanical handling systems.

Derek, Phil and Stuart worked together at FPE Global Ltd for over 5 years on projects for major blue chip companies such as Kellogg, Weetabix, Reliance India, Dangote Industries and Nestle.

FPE Global were a group of companies consisting of highly regarded and well recognised brands such as NEU Solutions, Aeromaster, JADAL and Flomat Bagfilla.
The closure of FPE Global and other established suppliers in the field, the loss of key personnel and a nationwide skills shortage of new engineers coming into the industry, has led to fewer suppliers for the end client.

WBL can provide the technical experience, advice and support to add value to your business as showcased by the current £7 million ELeather project. Your business can benefit from the exceptional service and technical expertise that you would expect from any market leader. However, with the removal of third party engineering margins and overheads WBL can provide this at a fraction of the cost meaning that any savings are retained by you.

WBL aim to provide you with an outstanding working solution which meets your production and sustainability targets, on time and within budget.

Meet Our Engineers

Derek Wood

Engineering Director

Derek Wood is the Engineering Director of WBL Engineering Ltd. With a career of over 25 years, Derek has significant technical engineering experience in the bulk materials handling sector, predominantly working in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Derek has an extensive history of working on multi million pound projects, which specialise in bespoke and complex pneumatic conveying and mechanical handling systems.

Derek holds a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering as well as a Msc in Bulk Solid Handling Technology.

Phil Brown

Operations Director

Phil Brown is the Operations Director of WBL Engineering Ltd.  Phil has over 25 years experience in the delivery of pneumatic conveying and mechanical handling systems, predominantly to the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Phil has established himself as a strong leader with exceptional interpersonal skills, enabling him to ensure the delivery of contracts that meet the client specifications in agreed budgets and timescales.

Phil holds a BEng (Hons) in Engineering as well as an MBA.

Stuart Laxton

Design and Manufacturing Director

Stuart Laxton is the Design and Manufacturing Director of WBL Engineering Ltd. Stuart has over 25 years experience of designing and manufacturing various equipment, specialising in bulk handling systems for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries over the last 7 years.

Stuart has extensive experience providing calculations, specifications and detailed designs, working alongside the client to ensure optimal system performance.

Stuart is an accomplished, versatile engineer with a comprehensive knowledge of Autocad, Inventor and Solidworks.

Registered Address

Bramley House, 56b Bramhall Lane South, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire, England, SK7 1AH

Company Number

11230480