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.