Hanover, Germany - ContiTech AG has closed down its site in Bowmanville, Canada, due to the continuing global economic downturn in mining and particularly, the coal industry.
The site which produced heavyweight conveyor belts, both steel and fabric reinforced, as well as custom mixing and rubber-based adhesives, stopped production on 30 June.
In a statement provided to ERJ, the Hanover-based company said that the entire production capacity from Bowmanville had been transferred to other underutilised facilities primarily throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States to make sure that customers would continue to receive service.
ContiTech announced in November last year that 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.