Our 2017 Review

A Look Back at Our News & Blogs from 2017

2017 has been another busy and exciting time for Bunting Magnetics Europe with some great news stories.  In this blog we look back at the past 12 months and review the stories that hit our headlines.

January

bunting_master_magnetsWe started the year by announcing that Bunting had acquired leading UK Magnetic Separator and Metal Detection company Master Magnets.  This changed the Magnetic Separator landscape in Europe.

At the same time, the Bunting team was exhibiting at the Arabplast exhibition in Dubai.  The plastics focused event was attended and visited by plastics professionals across the region.  Sales were even made on the stand!

Our 7th of our 8 Magnetic Separator Myths examined the impossibility of achieving 100% metal separation.

To finish off January, we announced record sales in 2016 despite the backdrop of Brexit and political uncertainty.

February

We started the month with our 8th Magnetic Separator myth, asking if it was possible to block a magnetic field.

Bunting also joined the British Plastics Federation, reflecting our longtime involvement in the sector providing metal separation solutions.

Bunting at Exposolidos 2017

Our exhibition focus in the month was Exposolidos in Spain with our local representative SMED Tecnica.

In February, we also asked the question of whether our Environmental future is simple down to design?  This was written in response to the growing awareness of the environmental impact of waste that would gradually intensify through the year.

We finished off the month with the launch of the Teardrop Tube Magnet, ideal for use in fine powders where bridging might be an issue.

March

The strength of a Magnetic Separator is often expressed in ‘gauss’.  However, the vast majority of people are unable to measure gauss and so we showed a simple practical way to check the magnetic power using a simple spring balance.

Our 9th Magnetic Separator myth highlighted the dangers of strong Magnets and our 10th myth looked at ways to easily and safely clean captured metal off  Magnetic Separators.

We also investigated a US FDA report stating the ‘Ingesting Metal Fragments Can Cause Injury‘.

In March, we exhibited at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show in Farnborough UK.

April

Metal is commonly found in spices and we examined a typical plant and identified the best locations for Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

We also reported that we sold a record number of Plate Magnets in 2016 for export to Indonesia and 28 In-Line Magnets to a German baby food producer.

New Bunting Sales EmployeesWith the continued growth of the business, we were thrilled to announce the appointment of two new sales engineers, Tom Higginbottom and Gordon Kerr.

In April, UK supermarket Morrisons was hit by a metal-in-food scare and we looked at how this could have happened and ways in which such a problem could have been prevented.

May

Our Food Safety theme continued in May when, during a metal separation survey, we found large amounts of metal safely captured when processing rice.  Our Perfect Plant review assessed the best methods and equipment location to ensure that metal is removed from Processed Vegetables.

Exports continued to proved successful with the shipment of a HFS Drawer Magnet to a Plastics recycling company in France.

Our technical review in May reviewed the effect of high temperatures on Rare Earth Magnetic Separators.

June

There was a political flavour to news in June after the UK’s general election and we investigated what the leading parties were promising with regards to the environment.  At the same time, Bunting and Master Magnets were jointly exhibiting at Waste 17, a major UK recycling show in Manchester.

The week after, Bunting supported local representative BMS France at the FIP Solution Plastique exhibition in Lyon, France.

To mark the UK’s Food Safety Week, we reviewed recent cases of ‘metal’-in-food’ and the potential implications for the manufacturer, sales outlet, and customer.

July

Denis_Elkins_Bunting_Magnetics_Europe-2176In July, we were thrilled to announce the successful transition to ISO9001 2015 Quality and the ISO14001 2015 Environmental Standards.

In the media there was increasing attention on the issue of plastic waste in the environment and we commented on the necessity of a global strategy for Plastic Waste.

August

The environmental theme continued in August asking if the UK could realistically increase their metal packaging recycling rate by 10% by 2020.

September

As a prelude to RWM17, the UK’s largest waste and recycling show, we looked at 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts such as asking how much waste do we actually generate?

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

After exhibiting at RWM, there were many questions being asked by exhibitors and visitors about the future of the event despite the importance of recycling and the global waste problem.

October

Bunting Magnetics Europe at Interplas 2017

The UK’s leading plastics show, Interplas, is held every 3 years and, as in previous years, it was very well supported by both exhibitors and visitors.  The environmental issues associated with plastic waste was gathering momentum.

Removing metal from fine powders can be extremely difficult and we produced a technical report looking at the best techniques and ideal equipment.

Tom Higginbottom attended the successful Bulk Solids & Powders show SyMas in Poland with the local Bunting representative TEKPRO.

November

The Manufacturing and Engineering industries have been concerned about the lack of young engineers and hopefully initiatives such as Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will help address this issue.

We were also excited to report two consecutive record sales months in September and October.  2017 was proving to be as successful as 2016.

Our latest Perfect Plant review focused on the brewing of beer and ensuring that all metal is removed to protect delicate processing equipment and the taste of the beer.

December

Pantomine BlogThe BBC TV series Blue Planet had highlighted the global problem of plastic waste in our oceans.  However, as the pressure increased on the plastics sector, we asked whether Plastic was the Pantomime Villain of the recycling world?

We hope you have enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017.  If there are any topics that you would like reviewed, then please get in touch and send an email to Paul our press officer (press@buntingeurope.com).

For further information on Magnetic Separators or Metal Detectors please contact the Bunting team on:

Review of the Bulk Solids and Powders Industry in Poland

Tom Higginbottom Reports Following Attending the SyMas Exhibition

Last week, our Sales Engineer Tom Higginbottom spent 2-days at the SyMas Bulk Solids and Powders exhibition in Krakow, Poland with Bunting’s local representative, TEKPRO.  Whilst at the show, he gained an insight into the present state of the market and potential opportunities for UK exporters.Bunting_at_SyMas17-17

Tom gives us his insight in the show, local feelings about BREXIT, and the market in general

“SyMas was a really good show with a busy footfall.  There was a lot of equipment on show, from manufacturers based all over the world.

From the type of enquiries and from talking to clients and our distributor, it is clear that the bulk solids and powders sector is growing.  Despite being a member of the EU, Poland remains an emerging nation and wages are still lower than in more developed European countries like the UK, Germany and France, but that gap is closing.  Their skill base is very high and consistently improving.

There is a lot of Western European investment and many of the manufacturing facilities are state-of-the-art.  This matched with the lower wage cost and workforce skills make the Poles very competitive in both European and global markets.

It was interesting speaking with the Poles about the UK leaving the European Union.  Generally, people thought that being a part of the EU makes it possible to compete with larger economies such as China and the USA.  Brexit has introduced an unknown factor and there was a feeling that, without the UK, the EU would have less negotiating power on the world stage.SyMas Tube Magnets 2

I think that the growth of our local representative TEKPRO highlights the expanding market and potential opportunities in Poland.  Since they were founded 10 years ago, they have expanded their workforce from 4 to 84 people.  It is an exciting time and we are working closely with them to maximise our sales potential in Poland.

At the show we received enquiries for both Magnetic Separator and Metal Detectors, including 3 specific projects where clients require Pneumatic Self Clean Drawer Filter Magnets and Drum Magnets.

Attending the SyMas show was really worthwhile and allowed me to gain an insight into the market which simply is not possible without being at the exhibition.

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And Krakow was a beautiful city.  I have never been before and found the people wonderfully friendly and the historical buildings beautiful.”

For further information on removing metal contamination from bulk goods, powders and granules with Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors please contact us on:

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Recycling Business Development in France

Bunting Europe and Pronix Talk About Opportunities in the French Recycling and Waste Sector

At the RWM 2017 recycling and waste exhibition (12th – 14th September, NEC, Birmingham, UK), we caught up with Bunting’s Dave Hills (Head of Sales) and Alex Jarosz from the Bunting distributor in France, Pronix.

Pronix has been developing business in France for Bunting Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for the past 18 months.  Alex Jarosz has the specific responsibility of developing business in the waste and recycling sectors and had travelled across from France to attend RWM.  We asked why he felt that visiting RWM was important.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

Alex:  “This was the first time since the acquisition that we had the opportunity to meet the Master Magnets team and visit their facility in Redditch.  In the days leading up to the show, I’ve been able to have some product training, which has helped broaden my knowledge and understanding.

Master Magnets have an extensive range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors specifically designed for the recycling and waste sector.  With the acquisition, it is really exciting to be able to offer these to customers in France.”

Alex also explained that he was in the UK to discuss the details of a new metal recycling project.

Alex:  “We are working on a new project where the customer is looking to supply a complete Metal Separation System (Drum Magnet and Eddy Current Separator).  We could all (Pronix, Bunting and Master Magnets) review the project in detail to ensure that what we are proposing is what the customer needs in terms of separation and installation.  The visit has been invaluable.”

We then asked Alex about the state of the recycling and waste sector in France.

Alex:  “In May 2017 we had an election and new government.  This always affects business confidence.  The waste and recycling sector in France has been struggling, with a great deal of restructuring.Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

However, our new president Emmanuel Macron has put the circular economy and recycling at the heart of our government’s economic model.  In fact, they have stated that they are aiming for the use of 100% of recycled plastics through the economy by 2025 as part of their aim to have a 100% circular economy.  The present recycling rate for plastics is 21% and so we anticipate huge changes and investment in new waste recycling plants.”

We asked Dave Hills about Alex’s visit to the UK.

Dave:  “18 months ago we started working with Pronix to develop business in France.  At the start we had very little, if any, presence in France, but Pronix have steadily changed that.

The acquisition of Master Magnets has significantly expanded our product portfolio and opened up new potential in France.  It is an exciting time.”

Pronix will be exhibiting at Pollutec 2018 (27th – 30th November, Lyon) the next major waste and recycling show in France.

For further information on Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators, please contact us on:

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Export Success at FIP Solution Plastique Exhibition

Bunting Magnetics Support BMS France at Plastics Show in France

Dave Hills, Bunting Europe’s Head of Sales, was on the stand of local distributor, BMS France for the duration of the major annual international plastics exhibition, FIP Solution Plastique, held in Lyon, France between 13th and 16th June 2017.  Dave gave us this report:

“Last week [13th to 16th June] it was hot and humid in Lyon.  And it was debatable whether the air conditioning in the exhibition centre was actually working.  However, the turnout for the show was fantastic.

FIP Solution Plastique is the number 1 show for the plastics sector in France.  There was a technically and globally diverse group of exhibitors present, all specialising in working in the plastics industry.

We were present to support our local distributor BMS France.  Being on the stand gave me the opportunity to develop relationships with the BMS team, deliver some product training, and also learn about the plastics market in France.  I also had the opportunity to meet the BMS Spain team, based in Barcelona.

It was also good to meet and talk with other equipment suppliers, many of who had equipment on display at the show.  It was interesting to hear their feedback on present market conditions.  We find exports visits such as this invaluable.

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Along with our Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators, BMS had a wide range of equipment on the stand.  There were 3 operating Boy Injection Moulding Machines on one stand and a Woojin Injection Moulding Machine on a 2nd stand.

There were also 5 Wanner Granulators, and Pixargus had a live demonstration of their unique surface inspection and dimension measurement system.

The extensive range of products and the interactive nature of the BMS France stand made it one of the busiest at the show.

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It was interesting to think that all of the aforementioned equipment relies on the plastic pellets and raw materials being metal-free.  And getting metal out of plastic is our speciality.

BMS France was able to talk to visitors about a complete solution, with demonstrations of the quickTRON 03R Metal Detector and FF Drawer Filter Magnet removing both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Being in France also gave me an opportunity to hear people’s thoughts about BREXIT.  Unlike some other European countries that I have visited since the referendum, people in France have a very negative opinion about the UK leaving the EU.  In fact, many people asked whether the decision could be overturned.  This just highlights the importance of a negotiated exit that involves free trade.

However, the atmosphere at the exhibition was very positive.  Indeed, BMS France sold 2 Injection Moulding Machines at the show, which was fantastic.  And both will be protected by Bunting Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators.

An excellent show and we will be back in 2018.”

For further details on the Bunting range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors used to remove metal from virgin and recycled plastic, please contact our technical sales team on:

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Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators at FIP Solution Plastique

Bunting Support BMS France at Major Plastics Show in France

Bunting Magnetics Europe distributor, BMS France, is exhibiting Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators on stand D16/E13 at the FIP Solution Plastique show in Lyon, France (13th to 16th June 2017).  FIP Plastique Plastique has been the number 1 show for the plastics sector in France for over 30 years.

BMS France represent Bunting in France, providing local technical support to companies producing and recycling plastics.  BMS are based in Pringy and manufacture and distribute a wide range of products and equipment for the plastics industry.

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“FIP provides the ideal platform to showcase a wide range of metal separation equipment,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.  Dave will be manning the stand with the BMS France team in Lyon.

On the stand, BMS will be showcasing Bunting equipment including:

Quicktron Metal Detector

Gravity free-fall style metal separators are designed specifically to isolate and separate any contaminated material moving in the product flow.  Ferrous and non-ferrous metals are automatically detected and removed from the product flow, without any interruption in the production process.

FF Drawer Filter Magnets

FF Series Draw Magnets are perfectly suited for collecting and separating contaminant ferrous metal from gravity fed, dry, free flowing materials.  Housed inside are the extremely strong Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets which capture and hold small pieces of ferrous metal contaminant.  Made specifically for the plastics industry, this is the only available drawer magnet design that features temperature-compensated rare earth magnets.Bunting_FIP_Solutions_Plastique_17-1985

Grate Magnets

Grate Magnets or Magnetic Grates are manufactured with a 25mm Tube Magnet from high quality 304 Stainless Steel, with 316 Stainless Steel as an option for high corrosive applications.  They are available for Square or Round Openings and with optional baffles.  Standard sizes range from 100mm to 1000mm.  These Grate Magnets can be placed in hoppers or feed pipes to collect ferrous metals and are ideally suited when they can be easily removed for cleaning.

“As a leading supplier to the plastics industry, it is important that we are here at FIP.  It gives us the opportunity to meet and talk to plastic producers about metal contamination issues,” said Dave.

For further details on the Bunting range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors used to remove metal from virgin and recycled plastic, please contact our technical sales team on:

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Magnetic Separators at Exposolidos 2017 in Spain

Bunting Developing Business in Spain with SMED Tecnica

Bunting Magnetic Separators will be on display on the SMED Tecnica stand 507E at Exposolidos 2017 being held in Barcelona, Spain between 14th and 16th February.

“We like to support our distributors at their local events,” explained Dave Hills, our Head of Sales.

Exposolidos 2017, an exhibition for the Technology and Processing of Solids, is the leading trade fair in southern Europe specializing in the handling and processing of solids, bulk materials, dry powder, semi solids and solids-liquid separation.

At the show, SMED Tecnica will be displaying a range of Magnetic Separators used to remove ferrous and weakly magnetic stainless steel from solids, powders and liquids.  Bunting will also be launching a new design of Tube Magnet for powder applications.

“Being on the stand, with the SMED Tecnica team, will help me gain a better understanding of the Spanish market,” said Dave.  “We are also launching a new design of Tube Magnet specifically for powder applications.  We will be making the announcement at the show and will have one of the new Tube Magnets on the stand.”

SMED Tecnica supply solutions and equipment for the handling of granules, tablets, flakes, liquids, and semi-solids.

Bunting’s range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for removing metal contamination from solids and liquids include:

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“Our [Bunting Magnetics Europe] success in 2016 was based upon developing our distributor network and export business.  Supporting our local representatives at important exhibitions is key.  It gives us the opportunity to learn about the market, whilst also providing support and training on products and applications,” explained Dave.

For further information on Bunting’s range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
Via the website

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Bunting Featuring at Plast Eurasia 2016

Supporting New Distributor for the Turkish Plastics Sector

Bunting Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, designed to ‘Get The Metal Out’ of Plastic, will be on display on the Tepro Makine stand (Hall 2-3-4 – Stand : 209-213-304B-401E) at Plast Eurasia 2016 (7-10 December 2016, Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey).

“The Turkish Plastics sector is vibrant and Plast Eurasia gives us the opportunity to introduce Bunting to a new export market,” explained our Head of Sales, Dave Hills.

Dave met the new Turkish distributor, Tepro Makine at the recent K2016 Plastics Show in Germany.

“I met Sadrettin Nikbay [Tepro Makine’s Sales Director] on our stand at K2016 and was impressed with his knowledge of the Plastics sector and his understanding of the need for good Metal Separation,” said Dave.  “They subsequently purchased stock for the Plast Eurasia show (FF Drawer Grate Magnets) which we will be demonstrating.  Since the K2016 show, we have been discussing a number of Magnetic Separator and Metal Detector projects in Turkey.  The level of interest has been fantastic.”

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FF Drawer Grate Magnet

Tepro Makine had been looking for a high quality Magnetic Separator and Metal Detector supplier to work with in Turkey.  Quality and proficiency were both important and Bunting’s knowledge and experience of solving Metal Contamination problems in the plastics sector was important.

Bunting Magnetic Separators such as the FF Drawer Grate Magnet are classed as ‘industry standards’ for the Plastics industry.  The Magnetic Separator range is complemented with Metal Detectors, with the 2 technologies often working together to provide the best metal separation solution.  For Plastics recycling, Bunting has supplied Eddy Current Separators to remove non-ferrous metals and the High Intensity Separation Conveyor (HISC) for removing stainless steel.

The appointment of Tepro Makine and the attendance at Plast Eurasia 2016 is part of Bunting’s ongoing strategy for overseas business growth.

“It is fantastic to have Tepro Makine on board as one of our distributors and we are looking forward to developing business in the plastics industry in Turkey,” said Dave.

For more information about Metal Separation in the Plastics sector or regarding becoming one of Bunting’s overseas distributors, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
Via the website

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HISC (Stainless Steel Separator) in action at RWM2016 exhibition

 

 

Developing Export Business in Spain

Bunting’s Spanish Distributor Visits UK for Training

The Bunting overseas Distributor network continues to grow and last week we were visited by Jordi Castells of SMED Tecnica in Spain.

Jordi’s visit to Berkhamsted was for training and strategic planning.  Business in Spain has been growing steadily and Dave Hills, our Head of Sales, has regularly visited the territory.

“It is fantastic to see Jordi here in the UK,” said Dave.  “Having Jordi in our European headquarters enables us to deliver an intense training programme.  The training covered Magnetic Separation and Metal Detection and included visiting UK customers with our sales team.”

SMED Tecnica specialises in providing solutions and equipment for solids handling (powder, granules, tablets, chips, fibers,  etc.) and slurries.  Many of SMED’s customers encounter problems with metal contamination.  Being able to advise and propose solutions with Magnetic Separators or Metal Detectors extends the service SMED is able to provide their customers.

The company name of SMED refers to a technique used in the food and pharmaceutical industry.   The ‘Single Minute Exchange of Die’ relates to rapidly changing equipment to eliminate downtime between production change such as with recipes and formulas.  The SMED team have the experience and knowledge to help companies improve their processes, achieve higher productivity and reduce manufacturing costs.

“Developing business in any overseas market is dependent upon having well respected and knowledgeable local representatives,” explained Dave.  “Jordi and the SMED team have that presence and have already had great success in developing business for both Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.  There is huge potential that will be realised by us all working closely together.”

The week long training visit by Jordi from SMED followed the recent announcement of a new distributor being appointed in Denmark.  

“We anticipate announcing the appointment of additional distributors in the near future,” said Dave.  “We are in a period of exciting and substantial overseas expansion.”

For more information on Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors to discuss joining the Bunting distributor network, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
Via the website