Magnet, supplier of quality branded electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and abrasive materials, is one of the country's leading specialists in energy saving project management. Magnet has provided reliable and efficient services to the industrial sector for 40 years. Founded in 1972 in Williams Road, Durban by the late Ernie Howarth, the company has grown dramatically. From humble beginnings with four employees, Magnet now has three branches and three sister companies, with a team of nearly 90 people.
"A well planned and carefully implemented expansion programme has positioned Magnet as one of South Africa's leading suppliers of electrical and instrumentation products, as well as abrasive materials," says Magnet's managing director, Brian Howarth. "The need for top quality, accurate and reliable equipment inspired Magnet to secure the exclusive distributorship rights in this country for the reputable brands of many world leading manufacturers. Magnet has maintained its leading position in this highly competitive industry because of its commitment to optimum quality, ongoing assessment of market requirements, expert back up and delivery deadlines."
Magnet is a major player in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), making a significant contribution in identifying and reducing the extensive wastage of energy in the industrial and commercial markets.
The company's head office is in Durban, with supporting branches geared to enhance service levels, in Richards Bay and Johannesburg. Magnet's greatest strength is its team of loyal, technically competent people. The company is proud that 42% of the team has been with Magnet for over five years and 22% has been with Magnet for over 15 years.
Magnet is committed to providing a diverse, quality branded product range, enhanced by world class technical support and an efficient delivery service. The company originally supplied magnet wire and insulation materials to the local armature winding industry, but with the implementation of a carefully planned expansion programme, Magnet has become a major supplier nationally of a wide range of electrical components.
Magnet is a key supplier to organisations in industries that include paper, petrochemical, motor manufacturing, food and beverage, packaging, steel and aluminum sheeting, as well as woodworking. Key KZN customers include: Tiger Brands; Toyota; Dunlop; Nampak Group; Unilever; ABI; Rainbow Chicken and Sappi. Magnet also supplies many electrical contractors, OEMs and property developers. The specialist team also works closely with electrical consultants and architects, demonstrating the latest technology available and assisting with design and implementation.
Magnet's range of equipment meets stringent international quality and safety standards. The company has extended its service to include a national focus on energy efficiency and energy saving project management. In conjunction with Eskom's various Energy Saving Programmes, Magnet's team of specialist engineers implement energy saving initiatives that involve replacement, retrofitting and re-lamping, for optimum energy efficiency in every application. Energy savings services include metering, hot water systems, air-conditioning controls, lighting and occupancy sensors, as well as solar systems.
Energy solutions include energy auditing and accurate energy saving calculations. Magnet guarantees energy savings within 10% of predicted savings, designs, installs, commissions and supports turnkey projects for diverse industries.
Magnet's technical expertise, coupled with quality branded products and a 24 hour support service, ensures the best possible solution for every project.
Magnet Electrical Supplies:Magnet has a 24 hour support service
The company's projects team consists of highly experienced engineers who identify energy saving opportunities and offer solutions. To date this team has saved enough energy to light up 43 145 kms of road.
Magnet has been a key ESCO member for six years in KZN. An ESCO is a company, which has passed all the necessary criteria to qualify to be a registered "Energy Services Company" for the Eskom DSM division. The function of such companies is to identify opportunities where electrical energy savings can be achieved and to submit these project proposals to Eskom for approval and possible funding.
Together with its associated companies in the Magnet Group -Magnol Panel & Automation and Magnol Electrical Contractors -Magnet offers a complete turnkey solution. These services encompass design, supply, switchboard manufacture, electrical installations and complete commissioning. Magnet is a leading distributor of Schneider Electric in KZN this service encompasses electrical switchgear, metering and industrial automation.
Energy Efficient Awards
SAEE Energy Company of the Year, and FNB KZN Top Business of 2011 in the trade category.
2010 Energy/Eskom eta Award in the industrial category for proven application of sound energy efficiency principles. Magnet played a major role in the Sappi Tugela River pump station upgrade project on the KZN north coast. This project has delivered high levels of energy savings, as well as reducing the peak time load on Eskom's electricity grid.
Nominated for the Sappi Technology Innovation Awards (TIA) in 2010
Eskom eta Award in 2008 for best ESCO
The company also won an award at the second annual Green Supply Chain Awards function in 2010. This event is a joint initiative of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa and Supply Chain Today magazine. The 'Best Product Award', which was presented to Magnet in the R1-million to R10-million category, recognises the company for its energy efficient lighting project for Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) in the Durban Harbour area. The project involved the design and installation of a new energy efficient lighting system reducing energy consumption at TRE's warehouse facility by approximately 60%. Magnet's demand side management programmes involve replacement, retrofitting and re-lamping, to ensure optimum energy efficiency in every application.
Magnet had yet another successful "Tin Tuesday" campaign over the month of October. The projects department collected 280 cans, which Magnet matched, raising the total donation to a magnificent 56... continue reading ›
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KwaZulu-Natal's Champagne Sports Resort has invested in energy efficient electrical and plumbing fittings which are significantly reducing the resort's electrical consum... continue reading ›
Project to upgrade pumps saves energy
The Sappi Tugela River pump station upgrade project on the North Coast of Kwazulu-Natal took energy-efficiency to a new level as the project resulted in continually reducing t... continue reading ›
The Schneider/Magnet “Show and Tell” afternoon took place on Thursday 9 May at the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. On arrival, guests were registered and then served drinks and snacks as they socialized before the product presentations began. Schneider had several products on display for guests to see and interact with. All guests received [...] view more
The Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand opens its doors today to the thousands of people expected to attend this year’s Facilities Management Expo. Magnet will be displaying products on stand B58 at the Expo, which takes place over two days. The Facilities Management Expo unites the industry by bringing thousands of decision-makers together, providing [...] view more
This Thursday afternoon, Schneider will be hosting a “Show and Tell” event at the Oyster Box Hotel, in partnership with Magnet. If you haven’t already RSVP’d, please do so and join us at what promises to be a highly informative and enjoyable afternoon. For more information, contact Samantha MacDonald.
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Magnet will be hosting a seminar on Energy Efficiency on Friday 24 May. This one-day course will be presented by multiple guest speakers, including Andrea Barausse, Stephan Allen and Graeme Harding. Snacks, lunch and beverages will be provided, and the course will also entitle attendees to one CPD point. The seminar promises to be highly [...] view more
Magnet will be displaying products at stand B58 of this year’s Facilities Management Expo, set to take place on 8 & 9 May at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The expo unites the industry by bringing thousands of decision-makers together, providing a unique sales and relationship-building opportunity. The theme for this years’ expo is [...] view more
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Schneider Electric, in partnership with Magnet, will be hosting a 2013 “showcase” afternoon on Thursday 9 May, 16h00-18h00 at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. An extensive range of products and solutions that Schneider have to offer will be exhibited and explained, and attendees will be addressed on all options available to help improve their [...] view more
Magnet would like to welcome new appointment Brad Ludewick to the team. Brad joins Magnet as a Sales Engineer specialising in Abrasives. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few days at Magnet and I look forward to making an invaluable contribution to the Company", say Brad. Brad has already shown much promise and Magnet is [...] view more
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