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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With 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.
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.
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.
In 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.
The environmental theme continued in August asking if the UK could realistically increase their metal packaging recycling rate by 10% by 2020.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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