Simon Ayling (managing director) and Adrian Coleman (general manager) outside the extended Bunting-Redditch facility
Following twelve months of onstruction work, the extended Bunting-Redditch
facility has been officially opened by Simon Ayling, the company’s European managing director. The revamped site includes additional manufacturing and storage space, a new ‘Customer Experience Centre’, and a third floor of office space.
He said: “Despite delays and challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we now have a ‘state of the art’ manufacturing facility, which is already providing the additional space needed to fulfil the growth in orders.”
The Bunting Group is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnetic separators for the recycling and waste industries with manufacturing facilities in the USA and Europe. The Bunting European manufacturing facilities are in Redditch, just outside Birmingham, and Berkhamsted.
The facility investment programme has increased both the manufacturing floor and office space by 50%. The additional manufacturing space is already being utilised by the production team manufacturing large orders such as a recent export project for one Eddy Current Separator and three large ElectroMax Overband Magnets.
The staged construction work started with the replacement of the entire roof of the manufacturing plant. The next stage involved extending the manufacturing and stores areas.
The final work focused on a new third floor of offices and a new ‘Customer Experience Centre’ where customers undertake tests on a wide range of magnetic separators, metal detectors, and electrostatic separators.
The ‘Customer Experience Centre’ is home to a ‘state of the art’ laboratory and is one of the most advanced for magnetic and electrostatic separation in the world. Companies processing and mining minerals, and recycling waste materials, send samples to the laboratory for controlled tests. whcih demonstrate what separation is possible, ultimately leading to the purchase of production-sized magnetic and electrostatic separators.
The new ‘Customer Experience Centre’ is 300% larger than the previous testing area, incorporating an extended range of laboratory-scale equipment to handle the increased demand for material tests. It features designated areas for both wet and dry testing on both high-intensity magnetic separators and electroStatic separators.
This latest investment in Bunting’s European laboratory facilities follows the creation of a recycling test centre in February 2018.
Mr Ayling concluded: “The facility expansion ensures we are able to meet the growing demand for our separators. We have a facility that accurately reflects our position as a global force in material separation technology.”