about us

History

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 in which other companies were not interested. 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 the flexible permanent 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.

magedge® 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. To find out more about magedge®, click 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
magedge® patent

magedge® patent

magedge® was granted a patent in 2002.



2002
Recycling of flexible magnet commences

Recycling of flexible magnet commences

In 2002, we began recycling 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 are no longer useful or from 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 Vitaflex® therapy magnets

Appointed as sole UK agent for Vitaflex® therapy magnets



2006
Gained ISO 9001 accreditation

Gained ISO 9001 accreditation



2008
digifilm® printable ferrous media launched

digifilm® printable ferrous media launched

2008 was the year we introduced digifilm® to the UK and mainland Europe, allowing retailers to create quick-change graphic display systems using thin, flexible and 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 achieve 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 became 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 was, from then on, devoted to Anchor Magnets Ltd.



2017
digifilm® rebranded

digifilm® rebranded

digifilm® rebranded to identify each variant by its 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 in which other companies were not interested. 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 the flexible permanent 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.

magedge® 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. To find out more about magedge®, click 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

magedge® patent


magedge® patent

magedge® was granted a patent in 2002.

2002

Recycling of flexible magnet commences


Recycling of flexible magnet commences

In 2002, we began recycling 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 are no longer useful or from 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 Vitaflex® therapy magnets


Appointed as sole UK agent for Vitaflex® therapy magnets
2006

Gained ISO 9001 accreditation


Gained ISO 9001 accreditation
2008

digifilm® printable ferrous media launched


digifilm® printable ferrous media launched

2008 was the year we introduced digifilm® to the UK and mainland Europe, allowing retailers to create quick-change graphic display systems using thin, flexible and 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 achieve 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 became 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 was, from then on, devoted to Anchor Magnets Ltd.

2017

digifilm® rebranded


digifilm® rebranded

digifilm® rebranded to identify each variant by its coating.

2017

New website launched


New website launched