HANOVER, Germany—ContiTech A.G. has closed its site in Bowmanville, Canada, due to the continuing global economic downturn in mining and particularly, the coal industry, over the last two years.
The site which produced heavyweight conveyor belts, both steel and fabric reinforced, as well as custom mixing and rubber-based adhesives, stopped production on June 30.
In a statement, the Hanover-based company said the entire production of heavyweight conveyor belts, both steel and fabric reinforced; custom mixing; and rubber-based adhesivesfrom Bowmanville to other under-utilized plants primarily throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. to ensure customers would continue to receive service.
Some machinery has also been relocated.
As has been reported by Rubber & Plastics News previously, ContiTech announced in November last year it faced excess conveyor belt capacity throughout the North American region and worldwide and that a review of its manufacturing footprint and production capabilities had led to the decision to close the plant.
The closure will affect 135 employees.
ContiTech acquired the Bowmanville plant at the beginning of 2015 as part of its acquisition of Veyance Technologies.