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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Headstation of the Vicat conveyor. The steel tower contains the belt tensioning system.

Faster, longer, more innovative: When it comes to peak performances, Contitech knows a thing or two – and now has another achievement to add to its portfolio together with its partner Techmi. The longest conveyor belt in Europe recently went into operation at a cement factory in Montalieu, France.

The community of Montalieu lies 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 realise its transport needs by conveyor belt. They engaged Techmi, the French expert in bulk handling to build up the entire conveyor system. Techmi compiled in 2012 a quotation including specific requirements concerning the belt. In 2013, Contitech beat a large number of other bidders to the contract and so became Techmi’s strategic partner.

“Requirements for this conveyor belt are tough, especially for return solution,” reports Stefan Hoheisel, Segment Leader for Industry at the Conveyor Belt Group. The result of the project is something to be proud of: The endless 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. “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 just 80 cm,” explains Nicolas Raphaël, team leader of the French conveyor belt team. Another advantage is that limestone residues remain on the returning belt rather than falling underneath it. This makes the system considerably easier to clean and is an advantage not just for Vicat but also for the environment.


Concrete walls and a cover encase the conveyor belt. People, animals and vehicles can cross over the construction without any problems.

The system blends into its surroundings without any difficulty – based on a patent of Techmi. Concrete walls and a cover encase the conveyor belt. People, animals and vehicles can cross over the construction without any problems.

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