Committed to your Business Needs
As a Jones & Rickard Group company, we have been designing, manufacturing and servicing Electromagnet Systems from our Sydney Headquarters for almost 90 years. As a family company, our values centre on delivering on our promises, and not giving up until we solve your problem. Our teams in Smithfield and Unanderra, through their long term tenure with the group, have developed expertise both in the Electromagnet discipline and in the Steel, Recycling and Materials Handling industry segments.
A brief history of J&R Magnetics:
1926 - Founded by Bill Rickard and Varcoe Jones in Sydney, to repair electric motors
1934 - Began design & manufacture of Scientific Electromagnets for local universities and small Magnets for Plate Lifting
1945 - Developed & patented a system of Dynamic Balancing
1950 - Began manufacturing Electric Motors for Mining
1956 - Moved to larger premises in Waterloo, Sydney
1960 - Phil Rickard takes over as M.D. upon the retirement of Bill Rickard
1967 - Began designing & manufacturing large Electromagnets for the Steel Industry including Ball Magnets & Slab Lifting Magnets
1974 - Justin Rickard takes over as M.D. upon retirement of Phil Rickard, also developing Frequency Changers for aviation & critical power
1980's - Now one of Australia's largest Rotating Machine service companies with a presence in each state
1998 - Board agrees to sell the majority of the Rotating business to Global Giant ABB
- Electromagnet and Dynamic Balancing operation relocates to Smithfield, Sydney
2012 - Justin Rickard retires, Peter Hackney & Arthur Steed manage the Operation
2014 - Board conducts a Strategic review, invests to grow
2015 - Peter Hackney retires, remaining involved on a consulting basis.
- Rod Abell joins as General Manager, and Michael Sears is promoted to Operations Manager
2016 - After 37 years of part ownership, the Jones & Rickard Group acquires the balance of Dynelec,marching forward on the Strategic Growth Plan
- Rod Abell becomes Chief Executive Officer of the Jones & Rickard Group
2021 - Belinda Peckman retires after many years of dedicated service to the Group. Steve Andrit becomes the Group Finance & Administration Manager.
2021 - J&R acquires Kingsmann Engineering, a niche Steam Turbine overhaul specialist. The business is integrated into our Smithfield facility, led by Michael Sears.
2022 - Steam Turbine specialist, Mitchell Donnelly, joins the Group after seven years with Toshiba conducting power station turbine overhaul works. Mitchell leads our Steam Turbine team.
The Jones & Rickard Group
The Jones & Rickard Group has been an Australian, family-owned Engineering business, for almost 90 years. Both Dynelec and J&R Magnetics are fully owned subsidiaries of the Jones & Rickard Group.
Dynelec is an Electrical specialist Delivering Reliability to Mining, Industry & Utilities by integrating Engineering, Workshop Manufacture, Overhaul and Testing, with Field Services.