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Europe’s longest conveyor Europe’s longest conveyor
for French cement factory

ContiTech and Techmi have collaborated in installing he longest conveyor belt in Europe . The 13 km belt recently went into operation at a cement factory in Montalieu, France.

The endless steel cord belt is about 13 km long and does a twist and turn on the head and tail of the system to run parallel to the loaded belt on the return.

Limestone residues remain on the returning belt rather than falling underneath it.

The community of Montalieu is in eastern France between Lyon and Geneva. It’s a small town located on the banks of the Rhône and home to the cement plant Vicat.

To bring in limestone from the quarry 6.2 km away, Vicat required a cost-effective solution and launched a project to meet its transport needs by conveyor belt.

They engaged Techmi, the French expert in bulk handling to build up the entire conveyor system.

Europe’s longest conveyor

The aethetic installation blends into its surroundings without any difficulty. Concrete walls and a cover encase the conveyor belt to contain any spillage. It also means that people, animals and vehicles can cross over the construction without any problems.

Stefan Hoheisel, Segment Leader for Industry at the Conveyor Belt Group says: "Requirements for this conveyor belt are tough, especially for return solution." 

Nicolas Raphaël, team leader of the French conveyor belt team explains:

For Vicat and Techmi the classic return solution wasn’t really an option on this occasion.  The innovative turn solution means we now have a base construction which is not higher than 80 cm.

ContiTech supplied a STAHLCORD ST1000-5+5 X, a steel cable conveyor that is resistant to abrasion, weather and corrosion. It’s also thermally stable, highly durable and low maintenance.

René Brunone, Techmi’s owner explains:

We opted to work with ContiTech for a number of different reasons.
     ContiTech 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 five weeks, which is extremely competitive compared to usual production time.

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