Contractors World International Vol 5 No 5
ContiTech and Techmi have collabo-
rated in installing he longest con-
veyor belt in Europe . The 13 km belt
recently went into operation at a ce-
ment 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.
remain on the returning belt rather than falling
The community of Montalieu is in eastern France be-
tween 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 han-
dling 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 en-
case the conveyor belt to contain any spillage. It also
means that people, animals and vehicles can cross
over the construction without any problems.
“Requirements for this conveyor belt are tough, espe-
cially for return solution,” reports Stefan Hoheisel, Segment
Leader for Industry at the Conveyor Belt Group.
“For Vicat and Techmi the classic return solution wasn’t
really an option on this occasion. The innovative turn solu-
tion means we now have a base construction which is not
higher than 80 cm,” explains Nicolas Raphaël, team leader
of the French conveyor belt team.
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
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 negoti-
ate bends and delivers high-quality and eco-
“In addition, they were able to manu-
facture the belt very quickly, which also im-
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
ContiTech produced and delivered it within five weeks,
which is extremely competitive compared to usual produc-