Europe’s longest Belt Conveyor for French Cement Factory

Overland Belt Conveyor

Europe’s longest Belt Conveyor for French Cement Factory

A Conveyor System with both flights running Side by Side
Reducing the number of transfer points in long distance conveying results in lower energy requirements as well as in improved product quality due to lower particle attrition. Due to their patented technology a French supplier was able to install Europe’s longest belt conveyor with both flights running side by side, creating a very low construction height. The 6.2 km overland belt conveyor system went into operation at a cement factory in Montalieu, France.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 02/11/2015)
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Convincing Materials Expertise

“We opted to work with Contitech for a number of different reasons,” explains Techmi’s owner René Brunone. “Contitech is a convincing partner because it has many years of practical experience with conveyor belts that negotiate bends and delivers high-quality and eco-friendly products. In addition, they were able to manufacture the belt very quickly, which also impressed us.”

The belt as well as the steel cords for the carcass were produced by Contitech Imas in Volos, Greece. “It’s basically a Stahlcord ST1000-5+5 X, a steel cable conveyor that’s resistant to abrasion, weather and corrosion. It’s also thermally stable, highly durable and low maintenance,” explains Raphaël. Conti­tech produced and delivered it within the space of just five weeks, which is extremely competitive compared to usual production time. In a first step, 13 rolls of one kilometre weighing 20 tonnes each were shipped from Volos to Fos-sur-Mer on the French Mediterranean coast. From there they were transported in a spectacular heavy duty truck convoy over 360 km to Montalieu.


The beltstructure presents a very low height of installation for the two flight running in parallel.

In Montalieu the team from Contitech France and the service team from HQ in Northeim, Germany, were on site to assemble the belt.  “We did the job in two stages and spent a total of two months on location,” says Jan Poppe, Head of Field Service International. Together, the team spliced the 13 sections of belt to each other – in the middle of winter, no less.
The 250 tons conveyor belt is now in operation, powered by three electric motors delivering 250 kW each. In normal conditions, the belt can transport up to 700 t of limestone an hour. At maximum capacity, it can shift as much as 1000 t. The belt has officially been in operation since mid October. “We’re more than happy with the way this project has turned out. With Techmi and Contitech, we had two extremely competent partners by our side,” says M. Eric Galloy, project manager at Vicat


The 13 km long endless steel cord belt system blends into its surroundings without any difficulty.

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