Bunting Awarded ISO 45001 Standard

Priority Given To Health and Safety

In October 2018, Bunting Magnetics Europe successfully achieved the new ISO 45001 international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S).  This relates to all activities on their European manufacturing headquarters in Berkhamsted, United Kingdom.

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It is reported (by the International Organization for Standardization) that over 7,600 people die from work-related accidents or illness daily.  As a result, these unnecessary deaths have a devastating impacting on individual relationships, companies and the wider economy.

To combat the problem, ISO has developed a new international standard, ISO 45001, published in March 2018.  This covers occupational health and safety management systems.  ISO 45001 provides organisations with a framework for employee safety, reducing workplace risks, and creating better and safer working conditions all over the world.

Bunting has achieved the new standard directly and in a short period of time.  This was achieved without modifying and migrating from existing processes.

“As a team, we felt that it was important to have a fresh review of the whole process,” explained Denis Elkins, Bunting’s Health and Safety Manager.  “By effectively starting from scratch, we were able to implement processes without compromise.”

Bunting is the first company of their kind to be awarded the ISO 45001 standard.

“We are very proud of our achievement,” explained Simon Ayling, Bunting’s Managing Director.  “From the outset, we knew that this would be a challenging objective.  However, our newly formed Health and Safety committee has been outstanding.  I wish to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen.”

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David Lewis, Denis Elkins, Nigel Thorne and Caroline Rasura outside the Bunting Europe manufacturing HQ in Berkhamsted

All areas of the company were represented on the Health and Safety committee:

  • David Lewis – Production manager (ISOH trained)
  • Nigel Thorne – Design Engineer (ISOH trained)
  • Caroline Rasura – Customer services (Fire Marshall and First Aider)
  • Andrea Geddes – Production
  • David Pollard – Production (First Aider)
  • Denis Elkins – Health and Safety Manager (ISOH trained)

With the ISO 45001 accreditation, Bunting Magnetics Europe has clearly stated that the company is committed to providing the best possible safe and caring culture within a world organisation.

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Master Magnets Brand Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrating Long Term UK Manufacturing Success

In October 2018, the Master Magnets brand celebrates its 40th anniversary.  In that time, the Birmingham based Magnetic Separator and Metal Detector manufacturer has developed a reputation as one of the leading technology companies in the recycling, mining and mineral processing industrial sectors.

Adrian Coleman (left) and Simon Ayling (right) on the Bunting stand at RWM18 exhibition

Since January 2017, the Master Magnets brand has been owned by Bunting Magnetics.  Bunting Magnetics is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Magnet related technology.  The European manufacturing headquarters are based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, UK and they have an extensive overseas network of distributors and marketing agents.

Master Magnets was founded in 1978 by Geoff Worley, a qualified engineer with fifteen years’ experience in the magnetics industry.  The company grew steadily throughout the 1980s despite the economic challenges and was perfectly positioned for the increased demand in the early 1990s.

At the time, there was high levels of investment in the UK coal industry and globally located mineral processing projects.  Using his considered knowledge, Geoff and his team of engineers developed a range of magnetic separators specifically for those key industries.  For the coal and mining industries, they developed large Electro Suspension Magnets which would be suspended over conveyors to remove large tramp metal such as pit props and bars.  The drive in Mineral Processing was for higher purity non-metallic minerals.  The team designed the Induced Roll Magnetic Separator (IMR) and established a laboratory where clients could test materials.

As demand increased, the company expanded and made investments in new manufacturing technology including heavy-winding gear for ever-larger Electro Suspension Magnets.  A bespoke super-strength magnetiser, weighing over 14 tonnes, was acquired, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Master Magnets Overband Magnet on a mobile shredder

Master Magnets also developed a reputation for manufacturing Permanent Overband Magnets.  Recycling was in its infancy, but several UK businesses were developing large mobile screens and crushers for construction and demolition sites.  Master Magnets worked with the companies to develop a compact but powerful Overband Magnet that needed limited power (the only power required is to operate the belt which can be done hydraulically or electrically).  Master Magnets continue to be one of the world’s largest producers of the Permanent Overband Magnet.

The Master Magnets brand became globally recognisable as export sales increased.  In 2003, Master Magnets acquired the company Integrated Recycling Systems and relocated to Redditch.  Further acquisition took place in 2005 with the purchase of the Metal Detection business.  This further expanded their manufacturing portfolio.  Customers were now able to purchase their metal separation and detection solution from one supplier.

Master Magnets continued to evolve and expand.  Worley took partial retirement and handed the reigns of the business to Adrian Coleman.  Coleman had started his career at Master Magnets in 1984 as an apprentice and witnessed the evolution of the company.

Adrian Coleman with Geoff Worley in 2008

“Master Magnets gave me the opportunity to develop my engineering career,” explained Coleman.  “In 1988, they supported me through a four year Mechanical Engineering course at Birmingham University.  This gave me the necessary engineering skills to join the design office.  As the company grew, I took up the position of Production Manager, before becoming Managing Director in 2008.”

In 2017, Worley agreed to sell the Master Magnets business to Bunting Magnetics.  He foresaw the investment needed to maintain Master Magnets’ reputation as a global leader and identified Bunting as the ideal partner.  Coleman was appointed as the General Manager, an important step that ensured business continuity.

The joint Bunting and Master Magnets team on the stand at RWM18

“Master Magnets has developed a long-standing strong identity and reputation as a leader in metal separation technology,” said Simon Ayling, Bunting Magnetics Europe’s Managing Director.  “The acquisition means that we can invest in their manufacturing facility in Birmingham and in the development of new separation technology.  When Geoff [Worley] founded the company, his aim was to produce well-engineered equipment to solve metal contamination and separation problems.  That challenge has been passed onto us and we are excited by the future.”

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Photographs 1, 2 and 4 taken by Paul Fears Photography

Top 10 Read Bunting Blogs of 2017

Which Magnetic Separator Articles Proved Popular in 2017?

In 2017, we have posted 48 articles and news stories on a wide range of subjects from metal contaminated food, environmental issues of plastic waste, and review of major trade shows such as Waste 17 and Interplas.

But which ones proved to be the most popular?

Here’s the top 10.

10 – Magnetic Separation Myths – You Can Block a Magnetic Field

The 8th of 10 myths on Magnetic Separation was published in February and highlighting how difficult it is to block out a magnetic field.

9 – Where are Metal Separators Positioned in a Plastics Plant?

This is one of the ‘Perfect Plant’ series of blogs, first published in March 2016, assessing a typical plastic plant and highlighting the best locations to remove metal contamination.

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8 – ‘Ingesting Metal Fragments Can Cause Injury’ states FDA

On their website, the US FDA review the issue of metal contamination and highlight the dangers of consuming food products contaminated with metal.

7 – Cases of Metal Found in Food

For the UK’s Food Safety Week in June, we looked at recent high profile cases of metal being found in food and investigate how these problems could have been prevented.

6 – Magnetic Separation Myths – It Is Easy to Clean a Magnetic Separator

The 10th of the 10 Magnetic Separator myths was published in March, looking at the difficulties of cleaning high strength magnets and providing some simple solutions.

5 – Getting Metal Out of Recycled Tyres and Rubber

This article, assessing the best ways to remove metal from shredded rubber, was first published in April 2016, but still remains popular.

4 – How do you Separate Stainless Steel?

This article was published in April 2015 and highlights the challenges and solutions of separating stainless steel.

3 – 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts

In the week prior to the UK’s recycling and waste show RWM17, we investigated three facts on how the UK handles and recycles our waste.

2 – Bunting Acquires Master Magnets

In January, we announced the acquisition of one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, Master Magnets.

1 – What is an Axial and Radial Magnetic Field?

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Despite the huge news coverage and interest in the acquisition of Master Magnets, the most read blog in 2017 was an article first published in August 2016.  The technical article explains the difference between an Axial and Radial Magnetic Field when used in a Magnetic Separator such as a Drum Magnet or Magnetic Pulley.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017 and please keep reading in 2018!

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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).

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Bunting Europe Announces Record Monthly Sales

Continued UK Manufacturing Success for Bunting

Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd has had two consecutive months of record sales in September and October 2017.

The latest announcement of record monthly sales follows a prolonged period of growth.  Sales in 2016 reached a record high for the European operation and in January Bunting announced the acquisition of UK magnetic separator and metal detector competitor, Master Magnets.

Dave_Hills_Bunting_Magnetics_Europe-8758Dave Hills, Bunting Europe’s Head of Sales, gave an insight into the background of the latest record figures:

“Despite media reports of a potential slowdown in manufacturing and continued concerns about BREXIT, we [Bunting Europe] continue to see a growing demand for our products.  Our ongoing growth is the result of continued investment in our resources, both mechanical and personnel, whilst expanding our presence overseas.  It’s been tough, but we continue to work hard to execute our strategic plan.”

Sales growth has been across the Bunting product portfolio that includes the supply of high powered Magnets such as Neodymium, complex and bespoke Magnetic Assemblies, and Magnetic Separators for processing and manufacturing industries such as plastics and food.  The latest figures do not include sales for the Master Magnets part of their business, which has also seen significant growth in 2017 since the acquisition.

24 months ago, Bunting Europe set out a strategy to significantly expand their overseas network of sales representatives and distributors.  This has been supported with regular support at trade fairs, training and visiting customers to countries including Poland (SyMas Exhibition, October), Dubai (Arabplast, January), Spain (Exposolidos, February), South Africa (ProPak, March), and Belgium (AJ Solutions Open Day, March).

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Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators operating on the Bunting and Master Magnets stand at the RWM17 exhibition (Sept 17)

The export focus has also been supported by exhibiting at five major trade shows in the UK.  Bunting featured at the international plastics exhibition, Interplas UK in October, and also joined Master Magnets for a joint presence at two major recycling shows, Waste 17 (June) and RWM17 (September).

“Our marketing activity in 2017 has been very busy,” explained Hills, “and the result is sustained sales growth.  With that growth, we have to invest by expanding our team: in the offices, on the road, and on the shop floor.  It is an exciting time and we already working hard on implementing our plan for 2018.”

For further information on Bunting Magnetics Europe’s record sales months or their range of Magnets, Magnetic Assemblies, Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, please contact us via:

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Sales Growth for Bunting Europe in 2016

Record 2016 Performance Despite Challenging Economic and Political Environments

“Our success in 2016 is built on the sales and marketing foundations built over the past three years,” reported Simon Ayling, Bunting Europe’s Managing Director,

Bunting Europe has reported another year of growth in 2016, with a record level of sales recorded in September 2016.

“Despite the political and economic concerns about Brexit and the USA, we have strengthened our export network of distributors and have subsequently seen a growth in orders,” said Simon.

In 2016, Bunting attended a number of trade shows both under the Bunting name and alongside locally based distributors.

“Over the past three years we have worked hard on improving our company profile.  We are now attending more trade shows than ever before.  This is supported with very active marketing, especially using social media platforms.  In 2016, we revamped our main website and that had a significant effect on the number of visitors.”

Through attending trade shows and also proactively searching, the Bunting distributor network has expanded significantly.  New representatives have been appointed in Denmark, Poland, Turkey, and the Netherlands, and additional support has been given to existing distributors in Spain and France.jordi-castells-smed

“Earlier this month we attended our first trade show for the plastics sector in the Middle East [Arabplast] which was a great success.  Our increase in Export sales has happened because we are out there, in the market place, speaking with distributors and customers,” explained Simon.

In terms of products, sales in Metal Detectors into the Food, Plastics and Pharmaceutical industry have grown significantly.  This is partly due to additional training of the Bunting sales team to improve customer service and support.

The Bunting Europe business is divided into Processing Equipment (Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors) and Magnet/Magnetic Assemblies.

“We had seen a significant growth in business from new customers for Magnetic Assemblies.  These range from one off development projects for universities to contracts with major aerospace manufacturers,” said Simon.

“Our new range of modular magnetising chargers and equipment for pre and post assembly of magnetic assemblies have also proved to be very successful and we anticipate further growth in sales for these in 2017.”

Earlier this month [January 2017] Bunting Europe announced the acquisition of UK Magnetic Separator and Metal Detector manufacturer, Master Magnets UK.

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“We have everything in place to make 2017 another successful year for Bunting Europe,” said Simon.

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Bunting Acquires Master Magnets

UK Magnetic Separator Manufacturer Joins Global Bunting Operation

In a momentous agreement, Bunting® Magnetics Co. announces the signing of an agreement to acquire Master Magnets Ltd.  Master Magnets is a UK-based manufacturer of magnetic separation equipment.  Based in Redditch, United Kingdom, Master Magnets Ltd manufactures an extensive range of permanent and electro magnetic separation equipment, and metal detection equipment.  They specialise in solving metal and mineral separation problems in industries such as recycling, mineral process, mining, quarrying and bulk handling.  Master Magnets have a global network of distributors who will now join the Bunting team.

The acquisition will build on and complement Bunting Magnetics Co.’s global foundation already in place through broadened customer reach, new manufacturing capabilities and the opportunity to sell into new markets.

“We’re thrilled to add Master Magnets Ltd to our family of companies,” commented Bob Bunting, President & CEO, Bunting Magnetics Co. “We value the longstanding success of Master Magnets Ltd and are committed to sharing engineering and manufacturing strengths while providing their employees the resources they need to build on this success.”

“Plus, Master Magnets Ltd perfectly complements Bunting Magnetics in terms of innovation, quality, products and providing magnetic solutions through individual components and complete systems. Joining forces decisively extends Bunting’s status as a leading global supplier of magnetic equipment and is a significant milestone in the company’s history,” he added.

Simon Ayling, Managing Director of Bunting Magnetics Europe, who will assume operations management responsibility of this new division, said, “Master Magnets Ltd has deep customer relationships in new markets for us such as mining, quarrying and aggregate. We are especially excited to now be able offer a large range of ATEX approved electromagnets and mineral separation equipment, as well as the company being a recognised, trusted brand in magnetic separation which has remarkable products created by remarkable people. It’s exciting to combine our strengths and expertise. Together, we have nearly 100 years of experience in magnetic separation.”

Master Magnets Ltd was founded in 1978 and currently has 26 employees. The company designs, manufacturers and services a complete line of industrial magnetic separation equipment including Eddy Current Separators, Permanent and Electro Magnets, including Overband Magnets, Drum Magnets and Suspension Magnets. The company also supplies a full range of Mineral Separation Equipment for customers all around the world. The company will continue to operate out of its Redditch, UK headquarters.

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Large Suspended Electro Magnets designed and manufactured by Master Magnets

Adrian Coleman, General Manager, Master Magnets Ltd, said, “This acquisition is excellent news for the Master Magnets team, who are joining a company with international standing and a shared vision for growth. We will continue to focus on ensuring our UK operations perform seamlessly for our customers who will also benefit from this new partnership. We’re excited for this new future that awaits Master Magnets as part of the Bunting family.”

The announcement comes after Bunting Europe recently announced a record sales month in September 2016.

For more information on the acquisition, please contact the Bunting Press Officer, Paul Fears, on:

Email:  press@buntingeurope.com

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