DANNENBERG, Germany—ContiTech A.G. has expanded its production of elevator belts at its site in Dannenberg to meet growing demand.
With a $5.58 million investment, the company has added a new production hall at the site where its polyurethane belts for elevators will now be manufactured in a three-stage extrusion process.
In a June 19 statement ContiTech claimed that it is the only company in the world that uses this method.
The multi-stage extrusion process has been specially designed for ContiTech and enables a product with a complex structure to be manufactured in one production step.
The belts produced by this process replace conventional steel cables for elevators. ContiTech said that it will also continue to carry out research and development on new materials and material combinations to develop new products.
"A new production hall in Dannenberg was essential for this. We are currently operating at the limits of our capacity," said Rolf Marwede, head of polyurethane belts in Dannenberg.
The company employs 360 at the Dannenberg location, where it produces components including polyurethane timing belts, axle boots, shock absorber boots and seals for the automotive industry and technical systems and elevators.
The German rubber and plastics engineering company said the growth at the site was a result of a healthy order situation for heavy-duty timing belts and additional demand for the elevator industry.
During the next five years, ContiTech intends to continue expanding its elevator belt business.