Executives at ContiTech A.G.'s North American operations want the business to grow quickly in the U.S. during the next two years without sacrificing quality, and are looking to expand the firm within three to five years.
That's the primary goal of Christoph Seeger, market director for ContiTech Conveyor Belt North America, and Jan Faerber, the new president of Legg Co. Inc., which ContiTech acquired July 1.
With the Legg deal completed, the company has several plants on the continent: one in Mexico that makes flat belts for the industrial and mining sectors and six in Halstead, Kan., all part of Legg, which produces agriculture belts and a wide range of belting for the industrial market.
"It's not just agriculture belting at Legg," Seeger said. "We make plenty of heavy duty belts at the plant." And eventually that capability will create a wider avenue for ContiTech to make greater headway in a number of industries, he said.
Legg expanded its complex of small plants to a combined 100,000 square feet in 2012 when it added a 25,000-sq.-ft. factory to house a new 110-inch, four-roll inverted L-calender.
"Since Jan. 1, we have been able to make 96-inch wide belting," Seeger said at the NIBA—The Belting Association conference, held Sept. 12-15 in San Antonio. "We are now on the same page with Fenner Dunlop and Veyance and plan to make a greater effort go after more mining business in the U.S. and Canada."
He said ContiTech, which is adapting its strategies to the U.S. market, is in a good position to do so in North America because its well-tested, highly successful Fire Sentinel fire resistant belts are available for mines.