2 brand new steel cord lines added to Truco's manufacturing facility

Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) is now able to supply more steel cord conveyor belts, faster, due to its recent manufacturing facility upgrade. This upgrade is valued at R20 million and includes two new steel cord conveyor belt lines. The newly upgraded facility now boasts 180 000 m2 of world class conveyor belting technology.

In order to satisfy growing international demands for high strength, cost-reducing steel cord conveyor belts, the facility has added two new steel cord production lines, at 1.8 m wide by 16.6 m long, in addition to its three existing lines. These lines can produce both plied and steel cord belts in widths up to 2.4 metres wide.

This upgrade means greater production rates for Truco - resulting in shorter lead times for our ever-expanding South African customer base.

Due to the increased capacity and higher raw material demand the factory invested an additional R18 million in a new state-of-the-art 2 530 mm-wide Calendaring machine. This machine allows us to also produce fabric conveyor belts in widths up to 2 300 mm wide without any longitudinal joints.

In order to meet the new fire and toxicity requirements as proposed in the SANS971 standard, the factory also invested in a new MID SCALE GALLERY test machine worth over R1 million.

In an on-going commitment to ensure that our clients get the safest, most efficient products, all our conveyor belts produced at the facility comply to 14 national and international standards, including: ISO 9001, ISO 140001, ISO 18001 and SABS 1173, SABS 971 and SABS 1366.

Truco has entrusted this manufacturing facility in upholding its standards of quality and safety for over 6 years. A true testament to the quality of belts produced by the facility, in the 6 year partnership that spans thousands of metres of conveyor belt quality, Truco has never sent any products back and never had a complaint about the efficiency and quality of the conveyor belting produced.

At a glance:

  •  Expansion began in July 2013
  •  Cost of expansion: R38 million
  •  180 000 m2 facility
  •  5 steel cord conveyor belt production lines
  •  23 plied belting lines
  •  Compliant to 14 international standards including ISO and SABS
  • Additional R6 million in new testing equipment
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