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Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd celebrates 50 years of manufacturing excellence
The first order – April 22nd 1968
Eriez Magnetics Europe Limited, the leading manufacturers of magnetic separation, metal detection, vibratory feeders and fluid filtration technologies is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing excellence.
Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd. was established when Bob Merwin, CEO of Eriez Manufacturing Co. in Erie, USA recognised the opportunity for a European manufacturing headquarters. In order to drive the company into the European market, Eriez North America collaborated with Sir Alfred Nicholas, founder and chairman of South Wales Switchgear Ltd. based in Wales, UK, to establish a European licensee. In 1968, John Lee and Son placed the first order for a lifting magnet.
South Wales proved to be the ideal location for guiding and evolving Eriez in the European market, thanks to the coal mining and engineering industries in the local area.
Since then, Eriez Europe has thrived in technological innovations, productivity and expanded their manufacturing facilities. By 1991, Eriez had outgrown the original factory and required more space to meet increasing sales demands. As a result, the factory relocated to a larger, more modern site whilst remaining in the South Wales region.
Following the relocation, the 90s was a pivotal period of growth for the company. By 1992 Eriez Europe became the first manufacturers of magnetic separators in the world to attain the BS5750 (ISO9001) international quality standard and developed an expansive range of pioneering magnetic separators, including the first concentric Eddy Current Separator for recovering non-ferrous metals and large diameter Rare Earth Roll Separators for non-metallic minerals processing. In recognition of their success developing business overseas, Eriez Europe received an award for Export Achievement in 1996.
Over the last fifty years, Eriez Europe has not only grown organically but secured key strategic acquisitions that have expanded the company’s product offering, with opportunities to enter new markets and increase business prospects. In just a year, Eriez obtained metal detection specialists, Pulse Technology (1998) and manufacturers of sampling systems, Prisecter International (1999).
The most lucrative acquisition was obtained in 2001, when long-term competitor Boxmag Rapid was added to the product portfolio. Eriez was firmly established as the UK’s premier supplier of magnetic separators, metal detectors, vibratory feeders and sampling equipment. Nov 2018 - Issue 53
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