How magnets work and what do Magnets stick to

Useful Information about Magnets - What do magnets stick to?

Many people think that they know the answer to the title question, and more often than not, their answer will be metals. However, that is only partly true because magnets stick to some types of metals and not others. For example, imagine you have two metal cabinets right in front of you, one is aluminum and one is steel. When you try to stick your magnets on the cabinets, the magnet will slide off the aluminum cabinet and stick firmly to the steel cabinet.
Understanding the Basics

The most accurate answer to the question, What do magnets stick to? is  ferromagnetic materials. Ferromagnetism is the basis on which custom refrigerator magnets  work. Any ferromagnetic material can make magnets stick to them, firmly. Here are the most common ferromagnetic materials:

  • Iron
  • Cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Steel
  • Manganese
  • Gadolinium
  • Lodestone

The Issue about Strong and Weak Metals
In their natural states, metals such as brass, copper, gold and silver will not attract magnets. This is because they are weak metals to start with. Magnets only attach themselves to strong metals such as iron and cobalt and that is why not all types of metals can make magnets stick to them. However, you can actually add properties such as iron or steel into the weak metals to make them stronger. Even adding a very small amount of iron into a metal like gold can make it become magnetic.

Stainless Steels and Magnets
Steel is a metal that magnets stick to because iron can be found inside steel. However, stainless steels comprise of a large group of steel alloys that are made of different metal compositions. While some have more chromium, some might have more iron in them. That is why you will find that while some types of stainless steels are magnetic, other stainless steel types will not make magnets stick to them. Stainless steel is often used in a wide range of home appliances, so if you experiment, you might find that your fridge magnet sticks to your oven, but does not stick to your rice cooker.

Magnets Do Not Stick to Non-Metal Materials
Most people know from experience that magnets do not stick to non-metal materials such as wood, plastic, fiberglass and textile. The academic term for materials that do not attract magnets is diamagnetic.  That is why you won't see a magnetic business card sticking to a wooden desk, for example!

A Wide Range of Surfaces that Attract Magnets
There are many surfaces that magnets are attracted to, and that is why magnets have a wides audience. For example, many tourists choose metal souvenir magnets, and many businesses choose custom shape magnets for their advertising needs   These types of magnets are very affordable and have longlasting appeal. For example, magnets can stick on whiteboards, school and work lockers, cars and trucks, most refrigerators and dishwashers, office filing cabinets, metal shelving and industrial equipment, metal toolboxes, and many more items found in the home or office.



The Magnosphere grand opening party was a success :-)

Magnosphere - welcome in our world of magnets

We were honored to have so many distinguished guests here today.

We hear so much about how technology is transforming life as we know it — from autonomous vehicles to the likely prospect of space travel to Mars.
Dreams Come True!
It was our dream to create a company that would be different from the norm. A company that cares about its customers first and that produces magnets at the fairest price possible.

I am delighted to be here this afternoon to open the new Magnosphere facility - an event that has arrived to support the rapid growth of our company.

All together this building demonstrates our commitment to quality, innovation, sustainability and reliability.
I founded Magnosphere in 2011. Since its inception Magnosphere has been one of Germany’s premier providers of magnetic solutions. We provide one-stop, turnkey solutions to the most recognizable manufacturers in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, military, e-mobility, autonomous driving systems and other industries.

Today, our mission continues to demonstrate the "no-compromise" Quality & Manufacturing Processes that have earned Magnosphere its reputation.
We supply solutions to the top companies!
The work that all of us are doing here at Magnosphere - in developing innovative magnetic materials and process technologies that allow our customers to improve efficiency and performance in their end product.

From materials, to manufacturing, to medicine, to national security, to space exploration, to communications just to name a few. I would like to encourage you all to continue to think new and to think big.
Why we need to use AI for life, not just lifestyle?
Artificial intelligence is already part of our everyday lives. We have it on our phones through Siri, we have it in our homes with Alexa and Google Home, and of course, in Spotify, Netflix and Amazon, as they make recommendations for the music we listen to, the films we watch and the purchases we make.

I find this all truly amazing and it demonstrates how far hard work, science and technology have taken us in a short time and hints at how much further we can go in the years and decades ahead.
In this next phase of connected humanity, we have to remember that technology will continue to become more powerful, but the decisions we make will still be our own.
We are in an era of innovation-based Competition.


Relocation to new Head Quarters in Troisdorf

Consolidating and expanding operations sets course for future growth.

Siegburg, Germany, August 14th, 2018 – Magnosphere has been steadily growing into the leading single source for magnets and magnetic products throughout Germany and Europe for commercial, industrial and consumer use.

Starting out in a 2,000 Square Feet office and manufacturing building, Magnosphere has grown to over 5 million products in stock, requiring the need to enlarge and consolidate their Germany facilities.

The move to the new headquarters in Troisdorf, consolidates 20,000 Square Feet into one building and sets the foundation to support the anticipated growth in the near future while keeping the business where it all started. “Customer service has always been our primary concern and combining all of our production, warehousing and shipping operations in one location will allow us to maintain our high level of service as we grow,” said Frank Eckard Chief Executive Officer.

Magnosphere’s new home in Troisdorf brings all of their German operations under one roof with room for growth.

Dock doors will simultaneously ship and receive products, therefore accommodating the increased volume we anticipate as we execute our strategic sales growth plans,” explained Frank. “In addition to the usual logistical challenges inherent with a company move of this size, this one has been more like playing three-dimensional chess. We managed a teardown, move, set-up of racking, transporting our inventory from two existing warehouses and will continue to maintain our high level of customer service, all on an extremely tight timeline. It will prove to be well worth it as everyone pulls together to set Magnosphere up for years of growth. 

As an Industry Leader we have been “listening to our customers and developing products that are innovative and useful for them is a point of pride for us, and a core reason for our success and growth. We provide the products, customer service, and expertise to help our customers be successful. Our exclusive focus is on magnets for every application. Whether it is with off-the-shelf or custom-designed products, in all of our channels of business. Customers rely on us to match the right magnet for their application to achieve an effective and cost-efficient solution.

Magnetic products are marketed under the “Welcome to our world of Magnets brand, a registered trademark of Magnosphere that represents exceptional quality, expertise and customer service.

“This move is all part of the plan to ensure our ability to take advantage of the many opportunities that are before us and achieve our forecasted goals,” said Frank. “We’ve had major periods of growth before, and we’ve learned that if we live by our core values of integrity, responsiveness and teamwork, and keep following our proven blueprint for success, we’ll get it all done successfully.” Frank added. 

Growth over the past years has resulted in product sales as to the following major channels of business:

Industrial Magnetic Devices

Including heavy duty neodymium lifting magnets used in
manufacturing, magnetic sweepers, holding magnets,
separation magnets, separation magnets for mining and food
manufacturing, and many more magnetic assemblies for
lifting, holding, separation, clean-up and organizing.

Magnosphere specializes in design-to-specification and build-to-print
custom permanent technical magnets, precision magnetic assemblies,
and custom electrical machines. From prototype to production quantities,
we are proud to be one of the industry's leading magnet manufacturers.
Our core engineering strengths for the design and manufacturing of
custom magnets, magnetic assemblies and electrical machines, including,
motor design and analysis, and quality and production planning.
Together with our customers we develop and produce prototypes and
small or large series of magnetic systems, produced in our own engineering
and production facilities. Thanks to our knowledge and experience of
magnet handling and metal machining, we are able to produce magnetic
systems with the highest specifications.

High Quality Magnets/ Raw Earth Magnets

Specifically tailored to the needs of our customers, ranging from very high-tech industries demanding very tight specifications, to automotive, which demands very high quantities and high reliability. This extensive line of permanent magnets includes rare earth magnets. Sold as raw materials, these magnets are commonly used as components for production.

Flexible Magnetic Sheeting, Strip and Point of Purchase Magnets

Including wide-format, print-direct magnetic sheeting for vehicle signs,
retail signage, and magnetic strip, sign holders and display components
in retail point-of-purchase displays and trade shows.

Office Magnets

We offer a complete line of retail-ready magnets and magnetic devices for
Hardware, Home Improvement, Automotive, Craft, Hobby, Office/School
Supplies and Housewares categories.

Hardware / Fastener (Washers, Bolts, Nuts and Screws)

Large selection of nuts and bolts as well as other fasteners online.
Nuts, bolts, and screws in stainless steel, galvanized and more including
metric bolts. Make your project last with the right nuts and bolts.
Find a variety of fasteners, including anchor, bolt hardware, fender washers
and more at low prices.

Magnosphere expertise in the magnet industry has allowed us to become an integral part of various industries! We provide one-stop, turnkey solutions to the most recognizable manufacturers in the automotive, consumer electronics, appliance, security, sensing, medical, aerospace, military, access control system, e-mobility, autonomous driving systems and, and numerous other industries on a global scale. From early-stage prototyping to iterative development, we provide full-service solutions that take your product from idea to successful launch and would like to be your partner!

From permanent magnets to large complex magnetic assemblies, let the knowledgeable staff at Magnosphere help manufacture your next magnetic assembly. We offer in-house fabrication, assembly, and magnetizing capability and are certified to ensure the quality of our products including ISO 13485 and 9001. We listen to your needs. Based on updated designs, advanced technology, dynamic management in addition to the special skills of our staff and intensive dialogue with our customers. Magnosphere has been building custom manufactured magnetic assemblies that not only meet, but exceed, the needs of our customers.

Our magnets are available throughout Europe and worldwide. For more information, visit our Where to Buy page at or visit our website, or



Magnosphere magnet products conform to the standards set forth in EU Directive 2002/95/EC, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), EU Directive 2002/96/EC (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). Magnosphere magnet products conform to the standards set forth in EU Directive 2002/95/EC, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), EU Directive 2002/96/EC (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals).

We take a great deal of pride in providing outstanding customer care. We understand that without our customers, we wouldn’t be here. If you have any questions about your order or a general enquiry, please call or email us! - 24 hours a day including holidays! Our customer service team is available to help you!

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