Bunting Magnetics Co. has launched a manufacturing and sales operation center in Berkhamsted, England, which will be responsible for all sales in the UK, the EU and the African continent. The plant will manufacture equipment that is part of Bunting’s magnetic separation product line.
The expansion coincides with the 2008 acquisition of Magnet Applications, which has manufacturing operations in Berkhamsted and in Dubois, PA, USA. Magnet Applications manufactures and distributes a variety of technical bonded magnets, precision magnetic assemblies and complementary magnet products.
“This expansion is an extension of our acquisition,” says Robert J. Bunting, owner and CEO. “Magnet Applications significantly expands Bunting’s product and market scope. It has outstanding market recognition as a premier manufacturer of bonded NdFeB magnets and technical assemblies. Now, by manufacturing Bunting equipment within the European Union, we will be able to build on the reputation of both companies and offer a fuller range of magnetic technology to the eastern hemisphere.”
In May, as part of the expanded presence in Europe, Gareth Meese was named export sales manager for Magnet Applications Limited (MAL), a division of Bunting. Meese will have dual responsibilities to oversee and develop sales for the product lines for both Bunting and MAL.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of launching Bunting Magnetics products into Europe. Our quality is tough to equal and will fill a void in the marketplace,” Meese says. “Through our efforts, we will be able to quickly build upon the 50 years of experience and history of the company and establish Bunting as the leader for magnetic separation products in the rapidly developing European market.”
Bunting, based in Newton, KS, USA, manufactures magnetic assemblies and equipment. The company’s product line serves global markets and includes a broad range of magnetic materials and components, magnetic separation systems, material handling equipment, magnetic printing cylinders, flexible dies and metal detection equipment. MAL manufactures and distributes bonded magnets and assemblies.