Record Sales Month for Bunting

Magnet and Magnetic Separator Manufacturer Hits New Heights

We are thrilled to announce that we recorded our highest ever monthly sales in September 2016.  The end-of-month sales figure surpassed seven digits and exceeded the previous highest month by 10%.

Simon Ayling, our Managing Director, explained the reasons for the continued growth.

“September 2016 was the culmination of a period of sustained sales growth.  Despite the negativity surrounding the recent Brexit vote, sales in both our domestic and export markets continue to be strong.  And feedback from our network of overseas representatives remains very positive.”

Bunting has two distinct divisions within our business.  The first specialises in providing Total Magnet and Magnetic Solutions and the company has been designing, manufacturing and supplying permanent and holding magnets and magnetic assemblies into a wide range of industries for over 50 years.  The second division provides Metal Separation solutions to the processing and manufacturing industries including Plastics, Recycling and Food with a range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

Bunting Grate Magnet
Grate Magnets or Magnetic Separators to capture ferrous metal contamination from free flowing materials

“Sales in September were approximately 35% up on our normal monthly run-rate.  We experienced strong demand from existing customers and a growth in new customers.  Sales of Metal Separation equipment into the Food, Plastics and Recycling industries were higher than normal.

“We also completed the design and manufacture of a bespoke, high voltage magnetising system for use in a high performance energy generation business.  This was despatched to the client in September for installation before the end of the year.  We are one of a small number of companies in the world who are able to handle projects for magnetisers.

At our manufacturing headquarters in Hertfordshire, we also design and supply a wide range of bespoke technical magnetic assemblies.  Simon explained the importance of this section of the business.

“In the UK, one part of our design team is focused on developing specialist magnetic assemblies.  Many British based businesses want to work with a UK based design team on development projects, resulting in sales growth.  Our expertise also means that we are able to support and supply many overseas clients in Europe and beyond.”

Simon remains very optimistic about the future, despite the reported concerns about economic downturns since the UK voted to leave the EU.

“We have just attended a very successful recycling exhibition called RWM and have just returned from a major plastics exhibition [K2016, Dusseldorf, 19th – 26th October 2016] in Germany.  We continue to work hard to maintain our growth, expanding our global network of representatives and our product portfolio.  We have a proactive marketing and sales plan and great team that keep us moving forward.”

For further information on Bunting Magnetics’ continued growth, please contact us on:

Bunting Magnetics Europe at RWM16
Bunting Magnetics Europe displaying Magnetic Separators at the UK recycling and waste exhibition RWM16 (Sept 13-15 2016)

Is only a 7% growth in China cause for concern?

When the world’s second largest economy sets its GDP growth for 2015 at 7%, the lowest in a quarter of a century (as reported by PRW), does this cause us cause for concern?  Part of the issue is that exports from China missed their target for the third year running, although there was still a 4.9% growth, a figure that many European countries would grab with both hands.Bunting, Magnetic Separation, Paul Fears Photography

With the European economy stagnant, where can exporters target growth?  In another PRW article, the BCC is reported as stating that more exporters are the key to UK success, but they do not give any indication as to the key overseas markets.

China has been seen as the driving force of the World economy for the past decade, but is that now changing and will there be a greater emphasis on other markets such as India and South America?  The solid North American market is also a very attractive proposition for exporters.

Recently, we [Bunting] shipped a large order for Magnetic Separators to Italy for a project in Indonesia, highlighting the opportunities for business in other developing nations.

Nevertheless, are these latest statistics from China cause for concern?  Your feedback is welcomed.

How Will UK Growth Be Affected by the Eurozone?

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The latest newsletter from British Plastics & Rubber features an article entitled ‘Orders continue to grow for UK manufacturers, but the Eurozone could halt Export growth‘.  2014 proved to be the most successful on record for Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd, securing their highest ever valued order and reaching their highest annual sales total.  Even though projections for 2015 remain very positive, what can be done to address concerns about the potential effects of problems in the Eurozone?

It is impossible to ignore the doom and gloom of the online, printed and broadcast news and, as is usually the case, bad news often is reported in preference to good.  Also, the forthcoming UK general election is bound to have an effect on business confidence, especially when there is a high degree of uncertainty about who will form the next UK Government.  These are all external factors that a business cannot change.  At Bunting, we focus on what is within our control.

2015 will be challenging, but so were 2014 and 2013.  Bunting intend to be creative, with both marketing and product, and dynamic to emulate and exceed the successes of 2014.

It would be interested to get feedback from other manufacturing businesses to see if they also feel positive about 2015.  If you wish to participate, please complete the poll.  The results (in percentages) will be available to review.

How Easy Is It To Recover Used Beverage Cans (UBCs) From Waste?

Baled UBCsUsed Beverage Cans (UBCs) are some of the easiest materials to recycle.  Today, many authorities dictate that beverage cans and a mix of other ‘recyclables’ are segregated at source by the consumer, but many still end up in the waste stream.  So, if they are so easy to recycle, then how easy is it to recover them?

Beverage cans are made out of steel or aluminium and both can be extracted from waste using magnetic separation systems.  Steel is relatively straight forward as it is attracted to a magnet and recycling operations will either install a Cross Belt Overband Magnet across the conveyor or a Magnetic Pulley at the end of the conveyor.

Bunting Cross Belt Magnet Separating Steel UBCs-Even aluminium can be separated using an Eddy Current Separator.  A high speed rotating magnetic rotor inside a non-metallic shell forcibly propels aluminium away from non-metallic materials such as plastic, paper and wood.

These technologies have existed for decades and are not extortionately expensive.  So hopefully, as the pressure on our natural resources increases, more local authorities and recycling companies will invest in proven technology to recover nearly all USBs.

For further information on the recovery of metal from waste contact Bunting Magnetics.

5 Bad Places to Find Cartridge/Tube Magnetic Separators

One of the most simplest Magnetic Separators is a Cartridge or Tube Magnet.  It is basically a stainless steel tube filled with magnet slugs inter-spaced with steel discs which act as magnetic poles.  This then produces a magnetic field which attracts magnetically susceptible materials onto the surface of the tube where they are held.Bunting Cartridge or Tube Magnets as a Grate

Such Cartridge or Tube Magnetic Separators are used widely across the process industries and can be found in plants processing food, plastics, chemicals, minerals and in recycling and ceramic plants.  They are commonly around 150mm to 300mm in length and the highest strength model, using Neodymium Iron Boron or Rare Earths, can be dangerous in the wrong hands.  Also, if the Magnet is placed next or onto any solid piece of steel, the magnetic attraction is so strong that it becomes almost impossible to remove.

However, due to their pocket-size, these Cartridge Magnets commonly go missing from process plants and can be found in the most unusual places.  These are the top 5:

  1. Stuck to traffic lights – Approx. 7 Cartridge Magnets went missing from a plant in a Scottish town.  The next day, the Highways Agency was called out as the traffic lights had failed on a major intersection causing traffic chaos.  On arrival, they found one of the missing Cartridge Magnets stuck to the side of one of the light control boxes and the magnetic field had caused the system to malfunction;
  2. Stuck on a television – After purchasing a brand new television, a father returned home one evening to find his son holding a Cartridge Magnet and rubbing it across the screen because it produced contortion and strange colours.  Once the Cartridge Magnet went too near the steel frame and became stuck, the father than realised, to his horror, that the screen had been permanently damaged and he now had a Cartridge Magnet stuck to the TV set;
  3. Stuck onto the side of a car – An inexperienced sales engineer had the embarrassment of having to explain to his manager that the sample Cartridge Magnet he had been given to show customers was now stuck firmly to his driver’s side door.  Also, in his failed attempts to remove it, he had seriously scratched and dented the paintwork;
  4. Stuck to a mobile phone – It was a classic case of “I wonder what if…”  Very quickly this process engineer discovered that iPhones and strong magnets are not a good pairing and having them stuck together only means that it is time to buy a new mobile;
  5. Stuck to another company’s exhibition equipment – Demonstrating the amazing magnetic attraction power of a Cartridge Magnet is always something worth doing.  However, this demonstration at a major European exhibition didn’t go accordingly to plan as once the Cartridge Magnet was placed, with a loud clunk, against the steel upright of an large item of equipment to show how difficult it was for even the strongest person to move it, then came the problem of actually getting it off.  After several attempts and some superficial damage to the exhibition quality paintwork, the Cartridge Magnet stayed there for the remainder of the show;

Thankfully, in all these cases there were no injuries, but the exceptional magnetic strength of Cartridge Magnets today means that they have to be handled with care and understanding.

Further information on Cartridge Magnets can be found on the Bunting Europe website.

The Magnet Picks Up That?!? New Video

The Overband or Suspended Magnet is one of the most common magnetic separators used in the world. However, the performance varies enormously.  When assessing the performance there are simple tests that can be conducted.  The video shows a classic test, with a Bunting Overband Cross Belt Magnet suspended at 300mm and picking up a small metal bar.  Do the same test with your magnet and check that the performance is better or similar.  If it isn’t, then maybe it is the right time to speak with Bunting.  They will be at both the RWM and Interplas exhibitions in the NEC Birmingham in September.

For more information go to http://www.magneticseparation.co/magnet_separators/material_handling_separators.aspx

Magnetic Separators – Essential To Our Everyday Life?

Blogging was never considered to be something an engineering company did.  But why not?  We have a lot of things to say, much of which some is fascinating!  For us, at Bunting Magnetics, we design and manufacture equipment that is essential when making things that we eat and use on a daily, if not hourly, basis.  Incredible, but true.  Just one example is where magnetic separators are positioned in pipelines carrying molten chocolate.  Fine metal and abraded stainless steel is captured by the strong magnets, ensuring that the chocolate that the consumer eats is free from metal.  And that is just one of many examples.

Magnetic Separators enable metals to be recovered for recycling and cleanse processed materials of metal contamination.  And, yes, they are essential to our everyday life.

For more information take a look at the website – http://www.magneticseparation.co/

 

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