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Manufacturing Forehearth Refractories

November 12, 2018

In the past year, Magma Vietnam have completed their first container and float glass projects. This concludes a successful transfer of skills and knowledge from our UK operations in order to offer our customers the same quality products at a more competitive price.

Forehearth Refractories

David Collinge, Magma Vietnam’s General Manger says “We are delighted at the completion of these projects and are looking forward to supplying high quality container and float glass refractories back into Europe and North America.  Looking forwards, we are excited about the future growth prospects in the South-East Asian region.”

Magma Vietnam Site

Magma is an ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 accredited company in all of its sites.

Establishing these standards is a core element to all of Magma’s sites. These standards, in combination with real time process data capture systems are allowing Magma to improve on a weekly basis.



Collaboration with G. W. Aru, LLC

October 1, 2018

Technologies, catalysts, chemicals and sorbents


Reforming Catalyst Collaboration

I am very pleased to announce that Magma Ceramics and Catalyst are now working with G. W. Aru, LLC who are helping to develop and support the market for our new and innovative patent pending Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) catalyst.

Magma is proud to bring this new technology to market under our brand. We are delighted to be allied with G. W. Aru, LLC.

Magma has taken reforming catalysts back to first principles beginning with the carrier support and have executed a four-year multifaceted development program to examine and improve all properties impacting SMR catalyst performance. The result is a catalyst which provides:

  • A significantly stronger and higher porosity carrier
  • Carrier manufacturing with large flexibility in shape and surface texture design
  • Significantly higher GSA and activity
  • Ability to optimize nickel loading and placement
  • Anti-carbon carrier with novel promotion eliminating corrosive potash usage
  • Ability to custom manufacture for specific applications, tube layering and unique requirements of individual tubes in the SMR

The resulting benefits are:

  • Increased reforming efficiency
  • Smaller, lower capital-cost SMR designs for equivalent throughput
  • Reduced pressure drop, longer life reducing change out frequency and potential to equal tube life in some applications
  • Significantly reduced catalyst cost per volume of gas reformed
  • Applicable, compatible and easily usable in all primary and secondary reforming applications
  • Elimination of downstream corrosion and fouling issues possible with other manufacturers’ conventionally promoted catalysts

These are achieved with pelleted catalysts that are the same from a handling and loading perspective as currently used, including the ability to use in-tube temperature probes, but significantly advanced from a technology perspective. This eliminates the need for significantly more expensive, complex and difficult to use technologies (e.g., metal foils) proposed by others to achieve just some of these results.

Please see http://gwaru.com/ for more information about G. W. Aru, LLC

Ecotech acquisition

February 15, 2017

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Jemmtec Ltd T/A Magma Ceramics & Catalysts acquires the Eco Technical Ceramics business (ETC).

ETC manufacture fibrous shapes which are used in applications demanding high temperature integrity together with dependable insulation properties.
This acquisition expands and is synergistic to the refractory shapes product range currently manufactured by Magma Ceramics.
We are also pleased to announce that ETC’s Managing Director Mr Graham Bratley will continue to lead this business.
For further information please consult
www.ecotechnicalceramics.com  ETC’s Website

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Magma’s Vietnam site successfully gains ISO accreditation

May 25, 2016

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Magma is delighted to announce that its manufacturing facility in Vietnam has successfully gained ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.

After months of hard work by the local team in Vietnam lead by Ngo Binh, with support from the UK head office, Magma Ceramics & Catalysts Vietnam now holds certification from BSI to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. This marks a clear commitment by the company to ensure the same high standards of quality, environmental and health and safety management are applied at all of our sites

The achievement of this latest accreditation is testament to Magma’s robust processes and demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing its customers with the highest levels of quality.

Magma now holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 at all four of its manufacturing sites.

For more information on the certifications that we hold, please read more.

Magma Ceramics & Catalyst capacity expansion in Vietnam

September 9, 2015

New Kiln

Following on from its construction of a precision ceramics manufacturing facility near Hanoi in Vietnam in 2014 Magma is significantly expanding its productive capacity with the installation of a new high temperature kiln.

The kiln will be operational in November 2015 and will triple the sites capacity.

David Collinge, Magma’s  Vietnam General Manager commented “This investment means that we will be able to quickly reduce lead times and accept larger orders

Raymond Hargreaves, Magma’s Commercial Director commented “The interest shown in our Vietnam facility has been fantastic. The combination of lower cost and industry leading quality is being well received by our customers

Over the past 12 months Magma has concentrated on the introduction of international Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety systems. These have all now been certified by the British Standards Institute to ISO 9001,14001 and 18001.

Establishing these standards is a core element to all of Magma’s sites. These standards in combination with real time process data capture systems is allowing Magma to improve on a weekly basis.

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The Magma team is growing again!

February 3, 2015

Adrian Bickerdike - Latest Magma Team Member

Meet Adrian Bickerdike, the latest member of the Magma team.

Adrian will be taking up the position of Manufacturing Manager for Magma’s UK sites. He brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years in production roles. He will implement a program of production improvements across the UK sites, as well as the introduction of manufacturing processes for newly developed products.

For the last 15 years, Adrian worked in a Works Manager capacity. During this time he implemented a lean manufacturing culture and worked tirelessly to ISO 14001 standards.

Magma’s MD, Mark Stuckey, said:

‘We are very happy to have Adrian on board. His knowledge and experience will help realise Magma’s ambitious plans for manufacturing growth to meet growing customer needs.’

Magma’s Wirral site successfully gains accreditation

January 2, 2015

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Magma is delighted to announce that its manufacturing facility on the Wirral has successfully gained ISO 9001:2008  and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.

Accreditation for the site, located in Bromborough, UK, was gained following a number of audits conducted by BSI, who assessed the suitability and robustness of the company’s systems.

Magma’s QHSE Manager, Stuart Sharp, commented: “This is a great start to 2015 for Magma. I am extremely pleased we have achieved these accreditations at our Wirral site, which is now close to matching the achievements of our Dewsbury operation.”

The achievement of this latest accreditation is testament to Magma’s robust processes and demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing its customers with the highest levels of quality. Magma is now aiming to match the achievements of it’s UK operations by gaining ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 in at its Vietnamese operation during 2015.

For more information on the certifications that we hold, please read more.

Magma’s Magcat Catalysts now also available from Morgan Advanced Materials

October 17, 2014

In April 2014, a joint venture between Magma Ceramics & Catalysts and Morgan Advanced Materials was announced. This merged Magma Ceramics & Catalysts with Morgan’s UK Fired Refractory Shapes business, based in Bromborough, creating a significantly larger and more effective business with access to a broader technology base.

Magma MagCat Catalyst

Over 60 years of ceramic manufacturing experience and the amalgamation of two successful and experienced businesses allows improved real value and a commitment to speed of response to be delivered.

The combination of these two businesses now means that a wide range of technically advanced products can be delivered, including; fired shapes designed specifically for the customer’s application using techniques such as isostatic pressing thixotropic, , slip and freeze casting and a wide range of catalysts for the refining/petrochemical industry.

As part of the joint venture, we are pleased to announce that Magma’s range of MagCat catalysts is now also available via the Morgan Advanced Materials website.

For more information, please download our brochure or contact our sales team on +44 (0)1924 468201.

Zirconia Crucibles Launch & Product Qualification Announcement

September 24, 2014

Magma is pleased to announce the launch of a range of zirconia crucibles aimed specifically towards customers operating within the superalloy industry.

The new and innovative zirconia technology has been developed by Magma and applied to a select range of crucible products. This unique material offers significant benefits to customers including yield improvement and reduced process costs, which can offer cost advantages to customers who select these products.

Magma’s Business Development Manager, Tim Hazlehurst, said:

“Magma’s research and development programme plays a key role in supporting our customer’s success. As a company, Magma is committed to continually investigating new technologies that both benefit our customers and distinguish us from the competition.”

Magma's Vietnamese Products Gain Product Qualification

Additionally, following the successful commissioning and integration of Magma’s Vietnamese manufacturing facility earlier this year, the company is delighted to announce product qualification by it’s major customers.

Scrupulous attention to detail and strict adherence to it’s ISO systems ensures that Magma’s Vietnamese product range will always comply to the highest standards. This enables the company to continue to maintain and build it’s reputation as the world’s leading supplier of Fired Refractory Solutions.

For more information, please email us or call: +44(0)1924 468201 – our team will be pleased to assist you with your enquiry.

Meet up with Magma at Glasstec 2014!

September 10, 2014

Glasstec - Dusseldorf, October 21st-24th 2014

Glasstec 2014 takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany from the 21st to 24th October 2014. Glasstec provides an excellent opportunity to network and do business with key manufacturing industry figures involved with all aspects of the design, process and production of hollow and container glass.

As a well established and trusted manufacturer of high performance, precision made refractory ceramics to a wide variety of industries and market sectors, including container & float glass, Magma is THE company to speak to.

When it comes to market leading technical ceramics and refractory products, our expertise is second to none & extends from precision engineered blocks and full glass forehearths, to fired refractory shapes and crucibles. Our manufacturing facilities enable us to produce specialist shaped products suitable for a wide range of applications.

Glasstec 2014 is the ideal place to meet some of the world’s leading manufacturers, including Magma, so why not take this opportunity to network with our Technical Sales Manager, Tony Slinger & our Business Development Manager, Tim Hazlehurst? We’d love to speak with you & discuss how we can do business together.

For more information about Magma, or to arrange a meeting with Tony & Tim, please email us. Or alternatively, call us on +44 (0)1924 468201 – we look forward to meeting you!

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