Syntron Material Handling Group, a manufacturer of electromagnetic vibrators and feeders for process industries, is now part of much larger Kadant Inc which acquired Syntron for $179 million.
Syntron provides material handling equipment and systems to companies in mining, aggregates, food processing, packaging, and pulp and paper industries. It manufactures conveying and vibratory equipment at its facilities in Tupelo, Mississippi and Changshu, China under the Link-Belt and Syntron brands.
Its electromagnetic vibrators, shown above, are used for moving materials from hoppers and chutes. They are designed to allow free flow and are virtually maintenance-free because the electromagnetic design eliminates moving parts.
Its heavy-duty electromagnetic feeders are designed to increase bulk handling productivity with controlled high feed rates that improve cost-per-ton handling efficiency for a variety of materials from fine powders to large, coarse particles. Their stroke is generated by creating a magnetic field.
Based in Tupelo with about 250 employees worldwide and revenue of $89 million in 2018, Syntron’s acquisition by Kadant, a much larger supplier of components and engineered systems used in process industries, closed in January 2019. Headquartered in Westford, MA, Kadant has about 2,750 employees in 20 countries and with the acquisition now has a new range of electromagnetic products in its portfolio.
“We are excited to welcome Syntron to the Kadant family and look forward to the new opportunities this combination will bring to our business,” said Jonathan Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Syntron not only extends our breadth of premier offerings to process industries, but also gives us access to new industries that offer potential avenues for growth.”