The attraction of Bakker Magnetics will never fade, even from a distance. Now residing in Miami, owner Geert-Jan Bakker is still involved in the company that his parents founded in Eindhoven. On the 1st of May, Bakker Magnetics will celebrate its 50th anniversary. “My father and mother started with nothing, now we have a cutting-edge company.”
From his home in Miami, Geert-Jan Bakker has every reason to take a long look at the history of Bakker Magnetics, because a lot has happened in fifty years. It turns out to be an attractive story.
It all begins on 1 May 1971, in Eindhoven, when Gerard and Bea Bakker start their own company. They call it Bakker Magnetics. Gerard has just left his job at Philips. There he worked in a department that makes and sells magnets. “Philips was the inventor of the ceramic magnet”, Geert-Jan explains via Zoom. “They were initially used for speakers. But my father received many requests for non-standard magnets that Philips wasn’t interested in. He saw a gap in the market.”