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1984
Anchor Magnets Ltd is founded

Anchor Magnets Ltd is founded

Our foundations were established in 1984 at Woodburn Road. The founders of Anchor Magnets spotted a gap in the market to facilitate the smaller and medium sized orders of magnetic products that other companies were not willing to deal with. From these humble beginnings we began to grow.



1986
Relocated to Bankside Works

Relocated to Bankside Works

Continued growth and expansion saw us move to our current location Bankside Works, although in 1986 we only occupied part of the site



1987
Mike Burton joined Anchor Magnets Ltd

Mike Burton joined Anchor Magnets Ltd

Our Project & Innovation Director Mike Burton joined the business as Sales Manager, and developed valued relationships with clients that still stand today



1987
Extrusion capabilities established

Extrusion capabilities established

Our first extrusion capabilities were established in 1987, technical expertise was provided by our first employee Ian Wainwright and Horst Baermann, whose father Max invented flexible magnet.



1987
Leading provider of shower profiles in the UK

Leading provider of shower profiles in the UK

We quickly became the leading provider of the shower profiles in the UK following the introduction of our extrusion machines. In addition, we also began to manufacture flat profiles for the Pop-Up Display industry.



1998
Business acquired by overseas investor

Business acquired by overseas investor

1998 saw Anchor Magnets acquired by Kane Magnetics, a U.S based company



2000
World's first co-extruded magnetic tape invented by Anchor Magnets Ltd.

World's first co-extruded magnetic tape invented by Anchor Magnets Ltd.

Mag-Edge® was invented by Mike Burton, the world's first co-extruded magnetic tape, combining rare earth magnetic materials with a coloured binder for identification and easy application, find out more about mag edge® here.



2001
Anchor Magnets unique amongst European competitors

Anchor Magnets unique amongst European competitors

The turn of the millenium saw Anchor Magnets Ltd developing the capability to manufacture extrusion granulate and in 2001 we began to produce our own granulate to create magnetic extruded products.



2002
Mag Edge® patent

Mag Edge® patent

Mag Edge® was granted a patent in 2002



2002
Recycling of flexible magnet commences

Recycling of flexible magnet commences

In 2002 we began to recycle flexible magnetic material, becoming the first company in the UK to do so. To date we're one of the few companies world wide with the capability to create new products from those which have completed their useful life or waste generated during extrusion and kiss cutting.



2002
UK Management Buyout

UK Management Buyout

2002 also saw us return to UK ownership with the in-situ UK Management of Mike Burton and Peter Holmes buying out the business from Kane Magnetics, who had acquired the business from our original investors Trevor Lee, Horst Baermann and Ian Wainwright.



2004
Appointed as sole UK agent for Vita-flex® therapy magnets

Appointed as sole UK agent for Vita-flex® therapy magnets



2006
Gained ISO9001 accreditation

Gained ISO9001 accreditation



2008
digifilm® printable ferrous media launched

digifilm® printable ferrous media launched

2008 was the year we introduced digifilm® printable ferrous media to the UK and mainland Europe, allowing retailers to create quick change graphic display systems by using thin flexible ferrous media in conjunction with magnetic sheet.



2009
Granted license to use the Made in Sheffield trademark

Granted license to use the Made in Sheffield trademark



2010
EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

Highly commended in the Environmental category



2010
Warmroom® magnetic heat saver invented

Warmroom® magnetic heat saver invented

Warmroom® is our magnetic heat saver, invented and developed by Mike Burton to save heat whilst reducing heating bills and the carbon footprint of a property.



2012
Zero landfill status achieved

Zero landfill status achieved

Working in paternership with Veolia helped us to acheive zero landfill status with all waste either recycled on site or managed by Veolia.



2013
E.ON Environmental Award Winner

E.ON Environmental Award Winner



2013
Outstanding Business of the Year Award

Outstanding Business of the Year Award



2013
UK Management Buyout

UK Management Buyout

Warren Turner and Keith Simpson become owners of Anchor Magnets Ltd



2015
Attract® POS System launched

Attract® POS System launched



2017
Site Expansion

Site Expansion

We acquired new office space in the building adjacent to our current offices, allowing us to spread out and improve our working environment. The entire Bankside Works site is now devoted to Anchor Magnets Ltd.



2017
digifilm® rebranded

digifilm® rebranded

digifilm® rebranded to identify each variant by it's coating.



2017
New website launched

New website launched



1984

Anchor Magnets Ltd is founded


Anchor Magnets Ltd is founded

Our foundations were established in 1984 at Woodburn Road. The founders of Anchor Magnets spotted a gap in the market to facilitate the smaller and medium sized orders of magnetic products that other companies were not willing to deal with. From these humble beginnings we began to grow.

1986

Relocated to Bankside Works


Relocated to Bankside Works

Continued growth and expansion saw us move to our current location Bankside Works, although in 1986 we only occupied part of the site

1987

Mike Burton joined Anchor Magnets Ltd


Mike Burton joined Anchor Magnets Ltd

Our Project & Innovation Director Mike Burton joined the business as Sales Manager, and developed valued relationships with clients that still stand today

1987

Extrusion capabilities established


Extrusion capabilities established

Our first extrusion capabilities were established in 1987, technical expertise was provided by our first employee Ian Wainwright and Horst Baermann, whose father Max invented flexible magnet.

1987

Leading provider of shower profiles in the UK


Leading provider of shower profiles in the UK

We quickly became the leading provider of the shower profiles in the UK following the introduction of our extrusion machines. In addition, we also began to manufacture flat profiles for the Pop-Up Display industry.

1998

Business acquired by overseas investor


Business acquired by overseas investor

1998 saw Anchor Magnets acquired by Kane Magnetics, a U.S based company

2000

World's first co-extruded magnetic tape invented by Anchor Magnets Ltd.


World's first co-extruded magnetic tape invented by Anchor Magnets Ltd.

Mag-Edge® was invented by Mike Burton, the world's first co-extruded magnetic tape, combining rare earth magnetic materials with a coloured binder for identification and easy application, find out more about mag edge® here.

2001

Anchor Magnets unique amongst European competitors


Anchor Magnets unique amongst European competitors

The turn of the millenium saw Anchor Magnets Ltd developing the capability to manufacture extrusion granulate and in 2001 we began to produce our own granulate to create magnetic extruded products.

2002

Mag Edge® patent


Mag Edge® patent

Mag Edge® was granted a patent in 2002

2002

Recycling of flexible magnet commences


Recycling of flexible magnet commences

In 2002 we began to recycle flexible magnetic material, becoming the first company in the UK to do so. To date we're one of the few companies world wide with the capability to create new products from those which have completed their useful life or waste generated during extrusion and kiss cutting.

2002

UK Management Buyout


UK Management Buyout

2002 also saw us return to UK ownership with the in-situ UK Management of Mike Burton and Peter Holmes buying out the business from Kane Magnetics, who had acquired the business from our original investors Trevor Lee, Horst Baermann and Ian Wainwright.

2004

Appointed as sole UK agent for Vita-flex® therapy magnets


Appointed as sole UK agent for Vita-flex® therapy magnets
2006

Gained ISO9001 accreditation


Gained ISO9001 accreditation
2008

digifilm® printable ferrous media launched


digifilm® printable ferrous media launched

2008 was the year we introduced digifilm® printable ferrous media to the UK and mainland Europe, allowing retailers to create quick change graphic display systems by using thin flexible ferrous media in conjunction with magnetic sheet.

2009

Granted license to use the Made in Sheffield trademark


Granted license to use the Made in Sheffield trademark
2010

EEF Future Manufacturing Awards


EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

Highly commended in the Environmental category

2010

Warmroom® magnetic heat saver invented


Warmroom® magnetic heat saver invented

Warmroom® is our magnetic heat saver, invented and developed by Mike Burton to save heat whilst reducing heating bills and the carbon footprint of a property.

2012

Zero landfill status achieved


Zero landfill status achieved

Working in paternership with Veolia helped us to acheive zero landfill status with all waste either recycled on site or managed by Veolia.

2013

E.ON Environmental Award Winner


E.ON Environmental Award Winner
2013

Outstanding Business of the Year Award


Outstanding Business of the Year Award
2013

UK Management Buyout


UK Management Buyout

Warren Turner and Keith Simpson become owners of Anchor Magnets Ltd

2015

Attract® POS System launched


Attract® POS System launched
2017

Site Expansion


Site Expansion

We acquired new office space in the building adjacent to our current offices, allowing us to spread out and improve our working environment. The entire Bankside Works site is now devoted to Anchor Magnets Ltd.

2017

digifilm® rebranded


digifilm® rebranded

digifilm® rebranded to identify each variant by it's coating.

2017

New website launched


New website launched