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150 Year Anniversary Brochure
Celebrating
150
years
It is with great pride and pleasure that we publish this
anniversary brochure.
I trust that you will find both the historical and current
activities sections of the brochure interesting and informative.
It would have been impossible for Joseph Henry Fenner to
imagine that the Company he founded in rented rooms at
number 211/2 Bishop Lane in Hull, England, would be the
birthplace of an international group with major operations on
six continents – but then Fenner has come a long way since
1861.
Here’s to the next 150 years!
MARK ABRAHAMS
Chief Executive Officer
The progress we have made would not have been possible
without the dedication and loyalty of our employees,
especially the 750+ who have served the Company for over
15 years. We also recognise the significant role played by
our customers, shareholders, suppliers, agents and distributors
worldwide.
Contents
Introduction
Minutes and Meetings
Timeline
The Early Years
The Expansion Years
The Later Years
Worldwide Operations
Conveyor Belting
CB Australia
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CB China
CB Europe - UK
CB Europe - Netherlands
CB India
CB South Africa
CB Americas
Advanced Engineered Products
AEP Drives
AEP Precision
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40
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AEP Hose
AEP Technical Fabrics
AEP Medical
AEP Seals
Health & Safety
Fenner and the Environment
Fenner in the Community
Fenner People
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Extracts from the Minutes of Board meetings
of JH Fenner & Co Ltd. from 1937 to 1946
26th November 1937
The appointment of Mr J.T. Llewellyn as Secretary
of the Company was confirmed at a salary of £600
per annum as from 1st July 1937.
10th March 1938
It was resolved to bring into operation an
arrangement whereby at time of marriage, Members of
the Company’s Staff would receive from the
Company a Gift, the value of which would be
calculated approximately upon the following basis –
a) A gift to the approximate value of £2 for the first
two years’ service and 5 shillings for each
subsequent year of service.
b) No gift to be made to any member of the Staff
with less than two years’ service.
10th January 1940
It was resolved that, at least for the period of the
War, Doubling Plant, Weaving Plant and
approximately 10 looms should be transferred to the
Heckmondwike Works.
1st May 1940
It was resolved to adopt the principle of ‘Holidays
with Pay’ in substitution of the ‘Time-keeping and
Service Bonus’ operating hitherto and to work out a
scheme applicable to the whole Works and Group.
19th December 1940
Staff War Bonus – After discussion, it was decided
to bring into operation as from 1st January 1941 a
further increase of 5% upon current staff salary
payments.
30th January 1941
G. W. Fenner – Mr C. Bradshaw (Auditor) stated
that he had received a letter from Mr L. Fenner
requesting that his son might be given a seat on the
Emergency Board of Control. The letter was given
full consideration and it was decided that no addition
should be made at present.
30th January 1941
Overdraft – In view of the impending Tax charges,
it was realised that the Credit Balance of the
Company would shortly disappear. It was decided
that, if necessary, the Company’s Account would go
into overdraft and the Chairman arranged to take up
this matter with the Midland Bank Limited in order
to ascertain the amount of Overdraft that they would
sanction without security.
25th June 1941
It was resolved to grant to Mrs C. Hobbs a Pension
of 10 shillings per week upon her retirement from
service with the Company over a period of nearly 30
years.
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24th February 1942
It was decided to reward by gifts of £5 per head the
members of the Company’s Fire Fighting Squad on
duty on the night of February 14/15th, when their
efforts minimised the effects of an attempt by a
discharged employee to set fire to Company property.
1st February 1943
Mr J. H. Fenner suggested that, as the Directors’ cars
are now being used exclusively for running the Firm’s
business, with consequent smaller mileage and
correspondingly higher general running charges, the
calculation for mileage charge might be increased from
3 1/2d to 6d per mile. This was agreed by the board.
6th June 1944
Mr Hainsworth reported the case of a girl employed in
the Colne Factory – Gladys Wagner – who died
suddenly whilst at home in Hull over the Whit
weekend; the girl was a good worker and had
rendered excellent service to the Company; she sent
money home every week as her family circumstances
were rather poor. He recommended for consideration of
the Board that a Grant of, say, £20 be made to the
girl’s parents. It was agreed that a Grant of £20 be
made as suggested.
4th July 1944
It was recorded that the number of Pensioners had
been reduced during the month to seven by the death of
H. Roe.
7th November 1944
Conveyor Belting. This is a product that might well
come within our capacity, though no decision has yet
been reached, pending further investigations into the
profit margin to be expected.
3rd May 1945
New products. Samples of a few articles which were
nearing perfection in the laboratory were submitted
including: Oil seals; samples of woven belting treated
with PVC; and an experimental belt made for heat
resistance.
The Chairman stated that May 4th was the 70th
birthday of the Company’s oldest traveller
(representative) John Fryer and he thought the
Directors would like to be associated with him in
sending him a telegram conveying our best wishes.
This was unanimously agreed.
9th January 1946
The Managing Director reported having placed an
order for the following company cars:- Four
Standard 12’s at £505 each; three Morris 10’s at
£377 each; four Austin 8’s at £328 each; and 2
Standard 8’s at £313 each.
Extracts from the Chairman’s Statements given
at the first, second and third Ordinary General
Meetings held in Hull
August 30th 1938
In spite of ministerial and other assurances that ‘all
was well’ a general and severe slump set in amongst
practically all but the armament trades, and this
setback has now been in evidence throughout 1938.
Apart from recession of Home business, there has been
serious setbacks in some of our Foreign Markets. For
instance, the effect of the undeclared war on China by
Japanese aggressors has been to bring virtually to a
stand-still all belt using industries and has robbed us
of one of our most important belting markets. We have
heard that the Japanese have destroyed no fewer than
six thousand Chinese industrial plants since the
invasion commenced. Our Government appears to be
standing by whilst the Japanese complete the ruin of
an important outlet for British goods built up at
great cost over many years.
Having previously been the first firm in the world to
impregnate solid-woven belts with latex rubber, we
now have the advantage of being, so far as we know,
the first firm to make both V-ropes and pulleys in its
own works.
What has the future to promise us? He would need to
be a soothsayer to forecast how long it may be before
the present general slump fades and a steady trade
recovery sets in. All normal methods of judging
prospects on the basis of recognised trade cycles are
nullified in these days by the whims of Dictators in
other countries.
August 30th 1939
revolutionary belts drew after them indifferent
imitations made by methods on the fringe of our
patented processes.
Following the Munich Crisis last September, a
concrete trench-system has been laid down on our own
land adjacent to the Works and classes of instruction
in A.R.P. Defence have been held in order to
minimise the damage to our employees that might be
caused by air raids during working hours.
If, last year, the future was difficult to forecast, this
year such a task must be left to clairvoyants; what we
all need now more than anything else is a period of
genuine tranquillity undisturbed by the evils of
rampant militarism and continuous sabre-rattling.
November 28th 1940
Regarding the Firm’s operations generally during
the past year, it is not possible to speak in much
detail, owing to restrictions quite rightly imposed on
the broadcasting of information that might be of use
to the enemy.
Although certain shipments have failed to reach their
destination, the volume of our manufactures which
have found their way across the seas bears striking
testimony to the tenacity of our merchant shipping
and the protection afforded by our Navy.
None can foretell what lies ahead, but we shall all
hope fervently that, by the time we hold our next
Annual Meeting, the heavy burden of war may have
been lifted from us and the foundations of a durable
peace may be taking shape.
Certain Export Markets, like China, have remained
almost stagnant and one cannot expect any
improvement from that quarter until the Far East is
no longer a battleground, and the peaceful Chinese
have been allowed to resume their normal tasks.
Our latex-rubber impregnated woven beltings
continue to give excellent service and attract a
steadily widening circle of users. Naturally, these
Then & Now
Liabilities
1939
£
2010
£
Preference share capital
Ordinary share capital
125,000
125,000
48,019,000
Profit and loss account
Other reserves
20,813
4,422
49,421,000
159,453,000
Creditors
Provisions
Borrowings
Taxation
22,504
3,750
116,533,000
70,001,000
155,230,000
-
301,489
598,657,000
Assets
Goodwill
Other intangible assets
Freehold property
Leasehold property
Plant, machinery and equipment
Investments
Stock
Debtors
Cash
Taxation
1939
£
2010
£
15,422
176
65,990
8,306
65,188
200
99,778
32,430
13,999
-
95,252,000
74,756,000
73,288,000
12,750,000
116,477,000
133,000
75,485,000
92,552,000
44,805,000
13,159,000
301,489
598,657,000
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Fenner Timeline
1938
1955
1971
1995/96
Manufacture of textile woven
and latex impregnated belting
First V-pulleys produced
at Marfleet
Fenner manufacturing company
established in India
New state-of-the-art conveyor
belting facility opened
in Hull
Five acquisitions
in UK & USA
1893
1937
1947
1961
1984
Moved production
to premises
in Marfleet, Hull
Commencement of
V-belt manufacture
Re-building of the Marfleet
factory commences
New Research and
Development facility opened
in Hull
Successfully fought
take-over bid
1861
Company founded by
Joseph Henry Fenner at
211/2 Bishop Lane, Hull
POWER TRANSMISSION
2004
2008
Opened Indian conveyor
belting facility
Acquisition of Conveyor
Services Corporation, USA
2007
1998/2000
2010
New facilities opened in
Shanghai for Advanced
Engineered Products and
Conveyor Belting
Disposal of
Power Transmission
and Fluid Power Divisions
Acquisition of MRI Medical,
USA
1931
1939-45
1958
1975
1997
2005
2008
Marketing agreement to
distribute Gilmer V-belts
Wartime production of fire hose
and military webbings
Fenner manufacturing company
established in Australia
First major contract for the
supply of Fenaplast to China
Acquisition of
Scandura Inc., USA
Acquisition of
Wellington Holdings
Wide belt and belting fabrics
facilities commissioned in Ohio
and Georgia, USA
1920’s
1937
1952
1970
1984
2001
2008
2010
Production of woven
transmission belting
Fenner becomes a Public
Company with a share capital
of £250,000
Development of solid-woven
PVC impregnated conveyor
belting
Acquired first USA
manufacturing company
Acquired Manheim
Manufacturing and Belting
Company, USA
Acquisition of UniPoly
(Dunlop) Conveyor Belting
Acquisition of Prodesco Inc
and Secant Medical, USA
Acquisition of BBV conveyor
services, Australia
1861
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1941
1960
1978
1997
2005
2009
Purchase of Henry F Cockill
& Sons Ltd
Marfleet factory destroyed
by bombing
Fenner manufacturing
company established
in South Africa
Acquired
James Dawson
& Son Ltd, UK
Shanghai conveyor belting
facility opened
Queen’s Award
for James Dawson
The world’s largest steel cord
press commences production
in Australia
2011
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The
early
years
1861
saw numerous historical events including the
start of the American Civil War; the death of
Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria; and the first tour to
These early years were a struggle for Joseph and he was made
bankrupt in 1867 and again in 1869. These failures resulted in
no serious losses for the creditors and very quick discharges
were granted.
Australia by the England cricket team.
The recovery of English industry from the commercial crisis of
In 1861, Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, was a
fast-developing town of some 100,000 people and it was here
in June of that year that Joseph Henry Fenner, aged 25, a
journeyman currier, opened his business in rented, subdivided
premises at 21½ Bishop Lane.
1866-67 resulted in a period of rapid growth, especially in the
iron and engineering industries, and this culminated in an
exceptional boom in 1872-73. The Company moved to larger
premises in Chapel Lane, the next street to Bishop Lane, in 1874.
It was this period that was decisive in setting the Company firmly
on its feet.
In the beginning he was willing to do any business connected
with leather including hose pipe and strap manufacture and
leather dressing. The earliest record of an official order is for 50
feet of leather hose at two shillings and six pence per foot in
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1868.
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The Company moved more into the production of leather
transmission belting to meet the demand created by the rapid
industrial growth and by 1877 the Company was also offering a
wide range of other products including woven hair and walrus
hide beltings and seamless woven canvas hose.
1 Fenner family portrait from 1837. Joseph Henry, the founder, can be seen leaning
over his mother’s shoulder. Also featured in the portrait are his father, his elder
brother and five sisters.
2 Henry John Fenner, elder son of the founder and Senior Partner from 1866 to 1910.
3 Walter George Fenner, younger son of the founder, Partner from 1886 to 1910,
Managing Director from 1910 to 1920 and Chairman from 1921 to 1942.
4 Bishop Lane in Hull, UK, location of the company’s first premises.
5 Leather transmission belting was widely used throughout industry especially textile
manufacture.
6 Employees photographed outside the Cleckheaton premises of Henry F Cockill and
Sons, founded in 1863 and acquired by Fenner in 1933.
7 This advertisement appeared in a Hull directory in 1877.
8 Joseph Henry Fenner, the founder.
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The
early
years
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Joseph Henry Fenner died suddenly on May 11th 1886 aged 50
Throughout this period, the Company built up its export activities
as a result of injuries sustained when he was thrown from his
and just before the First World War exports accounted for over
horse and trap. He was survived by two sons, Henry and Walter,
70% of sales with the principle areas of activity being the
both of whom had been working with their father in the family
Balkans, India and China. However, the First World War had a
business for a number of years.
devastating effect on exports and by 1915 they had fallen
drastically by over 90%.
Under the management of the two brothers, the Company
continued to expand rapidly and culminated with the purchase
To a large extent, the Company made up for the loss of export
of 18 acres of land in 1890 at Marfleet some three miles from
sales by increasing its activities in the UK and by the end of the
the centre of Hull. Plans were drawn up for a new factory and
war, a healthy increase in profits had been achieved.
production commenced at Marfleet in 1893. Houses were built
for the workers, who paid between three shillings and sixpence
By the early 1920’s, the Company’s manufacturing emphasis
and five shillings a week rent from wages of between 25 and 28
began to move away from leather towards the production of
shillings.
woven transmission belting with substantial investment being
made in industrial looms and associated equipment. It was this
The Marfleet factory’s telephone number at this time was ‘Hull
move towards woven belting that laid the foundations for the
8’ very nearly the first in the area as numbers 1 to 6 were reserved
development of heavyweight conveyor belting for coal mines
for the telephone company.
some 30 years later.
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1 This Fenner leather belt drive was installed in a
Batley, UK, mill in 1908 and was still going strong
30 tears later when this photograph was taken.
2 These Fenner hydraulic ram leathers were part of a
consignment bound for China.
3 The Fenner stand at the Yorkshire show July 1904.
4 The leather belting factory at Marfleet.
5 ‘Eastville’, the Fenner family home at Marfleet
which much later became the Group’s
headquarters.
6 Early woven transmission belting.
7 The weaving department at Marfleet.
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The
early
years
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With the advent of the electric motor, endless rubber V-belts were
By the end of 1938, nearly all the V-belts and pulleys sold were
introduced in the USA and Fenner was quick to realise that these
produced at the Marfleet facility. These products, together with
belts were the future of power transmission. In 1931 an
associated transmission equipment, became the mainstay of the
agreement was reached with the Gilmer company of Philadelphia
business through to the 1990’s.
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for Fenner to market their range of V-belts in the UK, South Africa,
Australia and New Zealand.
In 1941, the main Marfleet factory in Hull was destroyed by
bombing and shadow factories in West Yorkshire and Lancashire
V-belt sales grew at a rapid rate and by 1936 it was decided that
took over the Company’s wartime production. In addition to
the time had arrived when the Company could justify the capital
much-needed power transmission products, the Company
expenditure to establish its own manufacturing facility. The first
produced military webbing, parachute harnesses and over
Fenner-manufactured V-belts left the Marfleet factory in 1937
3,000,000 feet of canvas fire hose. Fenner V-belts formed part
and a year later the Company began the production of pulleys.
of the drives used on the ‘bouncing bombs’ designed by Barnes
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Wallis and made famous by the Dambusters’ raids.
The year 1937 also saw another major event when Fenner
became a Public Company with a share capital of £250,000
Rebuilding of the Marfleet facility began in 1947 and in just over
made up of 125,000 5½% Cumulative Preference Shares of £1
a year the first V-belts were produced in the new factory.
each and 500,000 Ordinary Shares of five shillings each.
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1 Fenner V-belts were used on the Dambusters ‘bouncing bombs’.
The bombs were spun at 500rpm to improve their travel over the water.
2 The Marfleet factory was destroyed by bombing raids on the 5th and
9th of May 1941.
3 Bomb disposal squad with an unexploded bomb at the Marfleet site.
4. Employees photographed at one of the wartime shadow factories.
5 Pulleys were first produced at the Marfleet factory in 1938.
6 The Company made a significant contribution to the ‘War Effort’
producing several ‘specialist’ products including over 3,000,000
feet of canvas fire hose.
7 An early Fenner-Gilmer V-belt drive.
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8 The foundation stone of the rebuilt factory was laid in July 1947 in
the presence of government and civic officials.
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The
expansion
years
1
3
With the rebuilt Marfleet facility fully operational by late 1948,
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The result was Fenaplast, a solid-woven, PVC impregnated, fire
the Company embarked on an expansion programme carried out
resistant conveyor belting first produced in the Hull factory in
under the leadership of Sydney Hainsworth who joined the
1952 and still used by the mining and extractive industries
company in 1921 as manager of the weaving department. He
worldwide.
was appointed a Director in 1930 and Managing Director in
1945. He later became Chairman and on his retirement in 1974
The power transmission business continued to expand rapidly
was appointed President, a position he held until his passing in
on a worldwide basis. Fenner manufacturing facilities were
1992.
established in numerous countries, distribution companies
acquired and a Fenner sales and service branch network
The 1950’s brought worldwide expansion with manufacturing
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developed.
companies established in India, Australia and South Africa. The
UK also saw significant developments during this period
But it was not just the conveyor belting and power transmission
especially in the area of colliery conveyor belting.
activities that were expanding. The Company began a
diversification programme that saw the acquisition of companies
Following the Creswell Colliery disaster in 1950 where 80 miners
involved in a variety of activities including automotive oilseals,
lost their lives when a rubber and canvas conveyor belt was
roller and wheel package conveyors, high pressure vacuum
ignited by friction, Fenner and Scandura (later to become a
pumps and electron microscopes.
member of the Fenner Group) working in close conjunction with
the National Coal Board launched a programme of research into
the production of fire-resistant conveyor belting.
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1 A premises near Sydney, Australia, was purchased in 1959 for the production
of power transmission products.
2 This factory near Madras, India, was opened in 1955 for the manufacture of
both textile and engineering products.
3 Part of the Company’s transport fleet. These vehicles were first registered in
the late 1940’s.
4 Newspaper headlines following the Creswell Colliery disaster in 1950.
5 Early Fenaplast fire-resistant conveyor belting underground application.
6 Fenaplast belting manufactured in UK ready for transporting to an Indian mine.
7 The range of power transmission products expanded rapidly to include many
new products including timing drives, shaft couplings and gearboxes.
8 The diversification programme included the development of gravity and
powered conveyors for the packaging and warehousing industries.
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The
expansion
years
2
3
The growth of the Company in the post-war years is best
In 1975 Fenner was awarded its first major contract for the supply
illustrated by the fact that its total capital and reserves in 1946
of Fenaplast conveyor belting in China. The Company
were £305,000 with profits before taxation of £91,000. By the
successfully fought off a hostile takeover bid from Hawker
end of 1960, the capital and reserves had grown to £2,082,000
Siddeley in 1984 and also purchased the Manheim
entirely as a result of ploughing back earnings and without
Manufacturing and Belting Company,
requiring shareholders to contribute a single penny of additional
share capital whilst profit before taxation reached £909,000 – a
Charles Bond founded the Manheim Belting Company in 1911
tenfold increase.
in Manheim, Pennsylvania and by 1912, the 30,000sq.ft. factory
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was up and running and fully equipped to produce $500,000 of
The 1970’s saw the acquisition of several more companies
Balata conveyor belting per annum. In the 1930’s, the company
including Motor Gear Engineering (power transmission), Charles
licensed technology to produce patented link V-belting from
Weston (oilseals), Globe Pneumatic (later to become part of the
Brammer Transmissions Ltd, a UK company based in Leeds
Fluid Power Division), Dick Bearings and James Dawson.
which was acquired by Fenner in 1989. The 1940-70’s saw
significant developments with the expansion of the Manheim
James Dawson was founded in Lincoln, UK in the 1860’s,
manufacturing facility and the introduction of new products.
initially as a manufacturer of leather belting for agricultural
applications. The company developed along very similar lines
The 1990’s saw a complete transformation of the Fenner Group
to Fenner producing rubber V-belts and conveyor belting for
when major restructuring took place with two rights issues and
materials handling, food packaging, office mechanisation, seed
several acquisitions and disposals. This changed the Company
sowing and harvesting. Diversification into silicone hoses took
from a diverse engineering group into one focused on reinforced
place in the 1970’s
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polymers with no borrowings and in a strong strategic position
to make further acquisitions.
1 Several companies were acquired in the 1970’s
including Globe Pneumatic who produced a range of
air driven motors which were used on potentially
dangerous applications including oil rigs and
underground mining.
2 The Manheim Manufacturing and Belting Company,
Pennsylvania, which was acquired by Fenner in 1984.
3 Early Manheim stationery.
4 One of the first Fenaplast applications in China
following the award of a major contract in 1975.
5 The James Dawson office in 1885.
6 The early Dawson leather factory.
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7 The Hainsworth Research Centre opened in the
Company’s centenary year in 1961.
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The
later
years
1
2
The power transmission and fluid power businesses were
The history of Georgia Duck can be traced back to 1903 when a
disposed of in 1998 and 2000 respectively and major
small mill known as the Georgia Mill was established to
acquisitions of Scandura and the Conveyor Belting Division of
manufacture cotton twines. By 1916 looms had been installed to
UniPoly took place in 1997 and 2001.
make ‘duck’ cotton belt fabric. In 1917 the first shipment of fabric
Scandura’s Charlotte, North Carolina, operation dated back to
during wartime action. Cotton duck was used in World War I to
duck was sent to Russia but never made it … the ship was sunk
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1926 when a facility was established for the weaving of
manufacture hammocks, tents, duffle and mail bags and
transmission belts. In the early 1960’s, Scandura initiated the
awnings. After the war, the belt duck was supplied to rubber
production of woven PVC mine belt which remained the major
manufacturers for the production of conveyor belts. Research
part of the business for many years. By 1984, Scandura had
carried out by the company led to the development in the 1960’s
grown to be ranked the fifth largest producer of conveyor belting
of special belt fabric for coal, ore, rocks and other heavy duty
in the USA. The following year the conveyor belting business of
applications and this led to the development of the solid-woven
Uniroyal was acquired which comprised two plants in Port
concept for underground applications.
Clinton. Ohio, and Bracebridge, Ontario. In one step, this
acquisition transformed Scandura into the second largest
Dunlop-Enerka’s origins go back to 1891 when the father of the
manufacturer of conveyor belting in the USA.
founder of Enerka purchased an oil mill whose main business
The acquisition of the Conveyor Belting Division of UniPoly
Dunlop office is still situated is called ‘Oliemolenstraat’ (Oil Mill
brought with it the world-renowned Dunlop brand and
street). In 1921 the "Nederlandsche Balata Industrie" was founded
transformed the Fenner Conveyor Belting Division into the
and the company changed from oil manufacturing to cotton
was making and selling inedible oils. The street where the Fenner
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world’s number one manufacturer of heavyweight belting for
reinforced transmission belting. V-belts and rubberised fire hoses
mining and industrial applications. The businesses acquired
were later added to the product range. After World War II the
were Georgia Duck, Atlanta, USA; Dunlop-Enerka, Drachten,
company started production of PVC and rubber conveyor belting.
Netherlands; and Apex-Enerka, Melbourne, Australia.
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Scandinavia Belting Ltd, later renamed Scandura, was founded in 1897.
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Georgia Duck’s float which was part of a parade held in Decatur in 1925 to
celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary of its existence.
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Atlanta, USA facility, Georgia Duck.
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Conveyor belt production at Scandura’s Charlotte, North Carolina, facility.
Scandura joined the Fenner Group in 1997.
5/6 In addition to the Charlotte facility, the acquisition of Scandura also brought
with it production units in Port Clinton, Ohio and Bracebridge, Ontario,
Canada.
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In the early part of the twentieth century Nederland Balata Industrie, later to
become Enerka, was producing leather belting.
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The Nederland Balata Industrie management team photographed in the 1920’s.
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The Nederland Balata Industrie factory.
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The
later
years
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2
The roots of Apex-Enerka can be traced back to 1890 when two
The Efson company was founded in 1983 in Long Island, USA
British belting tradesmen, Arthur and Charles Hopkins, began
but moved to Wilmington in 1989. Efson was the largest
manufacturing leather belting in Melbourne, not far from the site
manufacturer of composite idler pulleys in the USA and was also
of today’s main plant. They were joined in 1891 by an Australian,
the first company to supply composite products for the fitness
George Odlum and the company of Hopkins Bros. & Odlum
industry. Other Efson products included conveyor guides and
prospered during one of the most exciting periods of Australian
components, tensioners and pillow blocks.
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5
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mining. In 1940 manufacturing operations commenced at the
site of today’s main facility and at the end of World War II a
Founded in 1916 in Illinois, USA, the Eagle Belting Company
rotocure capable of producing 1200mm wide belt was installed
manufactured urethane belting for mechanical power
which enabled the company to supply belt to the mines in
transmission and material handling applications. As the industry
Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.
innovator, Eagle launched the ‘Original Orange belt’ in 1978 and
With this major development of the business, the company name
the ‘Orange’ brand remains standard throughout the world. Both
was changed to Apex Belting in 1952.
Efson and Eagle are now part of the Group’s Fenner Drives
operations.
New conveyor belting manufacturing units were established in
China (1997 & 2008), India (2004) and the polymer business
A significant acquisition was made in 2005 with the purchase of
was strengthen by the purchase of Efson (USA, 1995) Eagle
Wellington Holdings, a manufacturer and distributor of specialist
Belting (USA, 2002) and the establishment of a manufacturing
seals to the energy and mobile equipment industries with main
facilities in China (2004 and 2007).
bases in UK, USA, Germany and Australia. The same year, James
Dawson was granted the prestigious Queen’s Award in
recognition of their international business development.
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Eagle Belting was acquired by Fenner in 2002.
2
The original factory of Hopkins Brothers and Odlum in
Melbourne.
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3/4 Charles Hopkins and George Odlum.
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Belting literature produced by Hopkins Brothers & Odlum.
6
Efson was the first company to supply composite pulleys
to the fitness equipment industry.
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The Efson facility in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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The conveyor belting facility in Madurai, Southern India.
9
In 2005, James Dawson was granted a Queen’s Award for
international business development.
10 The weaving department of the conveyor belting facility in
Shanghai opened in 1997.
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The
later
years
2
1
The business obtained by the Wellington acquisition originated
the outer layer of fabric for astronaut spacesuits worn during the
in two small rooms in East London when, in 1903, two brothers,
first extra-vehicular activity in 1965.
Edwin and Hugh Hall, together with their partner, A. H. Aaron,
founded Hallite Douglas Ltd. The company moved to Hampton
Also in 2008, the Group acquired Winfield Industries based in
in 1925, the site of the present UK operation. During the late
Buffalo, USA, a leading supplier of performance critical rollers
1960’s-1970’s, subsidiaries were established in the USA,
for digital imaging applications which was founded in 1965 and
Canada, Australia, Germany and France. In 1985 the company
Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services was significantly expanded
name was changed to Hallite with a subsidiary established in
with two further acquisitions, King Energy Services and Conveyor
Italy in 1993. Dynamic Seals of Troy Michigan was acquired in
Services Corporation both based in the USA.
1997 and CDI Seals in Houston, Texas purchased in 1998.
The conveyor belting operations were considerably strengthened
Early in 2008, Fenner acquired Prodesco, a USA-based company
by a £150,000,000 capital expenditure programme that included
consisting of two businesses - one manufacturing a range of
new steel cord facilities in South Africa (2008) and Australia
highly specialised technical fabrics and the second a leader in
(2009), the opening of the Fenner Dunlop Americas conveyor
the development and production of textile structures for the
belting fabrics manufacturing facility in Lavonia, Georgia (2008)
medical device market.
and new wide belt and steel cord manufacturing plants at Port
Clinton, Ohio (2009).
Prodesco (derived from Product Design Company) was founded
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4
by two professors at the prestigious Philadelphia College of
In 2010 the Company’s involvement in the medical industry was
Textiles in 1943. They identified a need to translate textile theory
strengthened with the acquisition of MRI Medical & Research
into new products and processes that could be tested and
Inc of Tucson, Arizona, USA, a start-to-finish development
characterised to confirm their practicality. With no such
company that designs, validates and manufacturers cutting-
centralised resource available, they started Prodesco Inc. to fill
edge, silicone-based devices. Also in 2010, the Australian
that need and the company has developed around the concept
conveyor services business was expanded by the acquisition of
of providing solutions to customers’ product challenges. This
Belle Banne Victoria with facilities in Victoria and Queensland.
concept was put to the ultimate test when Prodesco developed
1/2 Early seal production at the Hallite Hampton, UK,
factory.
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The Hallite Hampton premises prior to a major
redevelopment that took place in 2006.
4
Part of the Winfield Industries range of critical rollers.
5
Prodesco developed the outer layer of fabric for the
spacesuit worn during the first ‘spacewalk’ by a US
astronaut.
6
In the USA, Fenner Dunlop significantly strengthened
their conveyor servicing activities by two acquisitions
in 2008.
7
MRI Medical and Research acquired by Fenner in
2010 produces a wide range of silicone-based
devices for the medical industry.
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Fenner Today
Conveyor Belting
Worldwide
Advanced Engineered Products
Operations
The Americas
The Americas
Europe
China
LINCOLN, UK
SHANGHAI, CHINA
Silicone hoses, Specialist hoses and Industrial ducting.
Silicone hoses.
www.james-dawson.co.uk
www.james-dawson.co.uk
South Africa
MANHEIM, PENNSYLVANIA
Detachable link belts, keyless bushings and urethane belting.
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Fenner Dunlop Americas Head Office.
Solid-woven PVC belts, Steel cord belts, Nitrile covered PVC belts
and Rubber compound.
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
www.fennersouthafrica.com
www.fennerdrives.com
India
MANHEIM, PENNSYLVANIA
LAVONIA, GEORGIA
Conveyor belt fabric.
Composite idlers, pulleys, sprockets, belt and chain guides.
BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO
Steel cord and rubber ply belts.
PORT CLINTON, OHIO
Steel cord and rubber ply belts.
Precision belts and high-tech fabrics.
TOLEDO, OHIO
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
Rubber ply and special profile belts.
www.fennerdunlopamericas.com
Conveyor Services.
www.fennerdunlopcs.com
Europe
Solid-woven PVC belts.
www.fennerprecision.com
www.fennerprecision.com
Seals.
www.hallite.com
LEEDS, UK
Australia
www.fennerdrives.com
China
PERKASIE, PENNSYLVANIA
SHANGHAI, CHINA
Steel cord belts and Rubber ply belts, Solid-woven PVC belts and
Nitrile covered PVC belts.
Technical fabrics, textile structures for medical devices.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
QUAKERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA
Seals.
Textile structures for medical devices.
HAMPTON, UK
www.prodesco.com
www.secantmedical.com
Hallite and CDI Polytek Seals.
HULL, UK
www.fennerdunlopeurope.com
SHANGHAI, CHINA
Detachable link belts, Extruded belting and Keyless bushings.
www.fennerdunlopchina.com
Solid-woven PVC belts and Nitrile covered PVC belts.
Precision belts and Industrial rubber products.
Custom formulated liquid cast polyurethane and silicone
moulded products.
MADURAI, INDIA
www.fennerdunlopindia.com
BLAIRSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
LINCOLN, UK
www.hallite.com
HAMBURG, GERMANY
Hallite Seals.
www.hallite.com
Australia
TUCSON, ARIZONA
Silicone medical devices.
www.mrimedical.com
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
DRACHTEN, NETHERLANDS
Rubber ply belts, Technical rubber products and Conveyor services.
Rubber ply belts, Passenger conveyor belting, Rubber profiles and
sheeting.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
www.dunlopconveyorbelting.com
KWINANA, AUSTRALIA
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Steel cord conveyor belts.
Hallite Dynamic Seals.
Plus over 20 stockholding branches
HOUSTON, TEXAS
Solid-woven PVC belts and Conveyor services.
CDI Polytek Seals and EGC Fluoroplastic Products.
www.fennerdunlop.com.au
www.fast-houston.com
www.hallite.com
1 The $50 million, 300,000 square foot Fenner Dunlop
facility, Lavonia, Atlanta, USA, commissioned in 2008.
1 The Hallite purpose-built facility, Hampton, UK,
commissioned in 2006.
2 Fenner Precision’s facility, Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA,
commissioned in 2007.
2 Fenner Dunlop’s steel cord belting facility in Kwinana,
Western Australia commissioned in 2009.
3 The James Dawson and Fenner Advanced Sealing
Technologies facility, Shanghai, China, commissioned
in 2007.
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Conveyor
Belting
Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting is the world’s largest
manufacturer of conveyor belting for mining and
industrial applications
With manufacturing operations in USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands,
installation and offer supervisory support throughout the world.
South Africa, India, China and Australia, Fenner Dunlop
An extensive range of testing equipment is used to ensure that
Worldwide produces a complete product range and offers
conveyor belts and conveyor belt joints meet the most stringent
innovative solutions to reduce conveying costs.
worldwide safety requirements and that our workforce and
accredited distributors deliver consistent, high-quality products.
The worldwide network of sales/service branches and authorised
distributors offer expert advice and a back-up service that is
In common with many others, the conveyor belt market is ever-
second to none. This, combined with the 13 strategically located
changing, and a company such as Fenner Dunlop must adapt
manufacturing units, makes Fenner Dunlop uniquely positioned
and develop if it is to maintain its market-leading position. To
to provide the most comprehensive conveyor belting service
this end, an aggressive investment program has been put in
available today.
place that will ensure the Company remains at the forefront of
conveyor belt design, engineering, manufacture and service.
Fenner Dunlop operates centres of excellence staffed by experts
in application engineering, polymer chemistry and textile
technology. Additionally, field experts undertake conveyor belt
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Solid-Woven PVC belts; Nitrile Covered PVC belts; Rubber Ply
Belts; Steel Cord Belts; Special Profile Belts, Passenger
Conveyor Belts; Rubber Profiles & Sheeting; Conveyor Services.
APPLICATIONS
Coal; Aggregates; Hard Rock; Potash; Cement; Power
Generation; Grain; Elevators; Recycling; Moving Walkways.
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Conveyor
Belting
Australia
Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting Australia (incorporating Fenner
commitment includes improving the quality of products and
Dunlop Conveyor Services) has manufacturing plants in
services to satisfy customer expectations as well as regulatory
Melbourne, Sydney and Kwinana and service branches
and legal requirements.
nationally.
Over $7m has been invested in the Melbourne facility to provide
The range of conveyor belting produced includes rubber ply,
a totally new laboratory and establish a state-of-the-art weaving
solid-woven PVC, lightweight Nitrile and PVC. A significant
department. At the Sydney plant new wide looms have been
addition to the range occurred in 2009 with the opening of a
commissioned to increase wide belt production and many other
A$70m facility in Kwinana, near Perth, Western Australia,
projects have been undertaken to ensure the on-going
specifically for the production of steel cord belting. This
performance of the facility.
represents the largest investment in conveyor belting
manufacture ever made in Australia by any company.
Significant investment has also been made in the development
This facility houses the world’s largest steel cord press, calendar
service centres. The network has been grown both organically
and related equipment and was the first new conveyor belting
and by acquisition. These centres provide a wide range of
plant built in Australia in over 60 years. The new plant has the
services and products including risk assessments, belt
of Fenner Conveyor Services and a network of more than 20
capability to produce steel cord and rubber ply belting up to
calculations, safety audits, belt cleaning systems, installation,
3200mm wide and up to 50mm thick with an initial annual
splicing services and total conveyor maintenance. In 2010 this
production capacity of 330,000 square metres, equating to
network was further enhanced by the acquisition of Belle Banne
approximately 130 kilometres of 3200mm belt.
Victoria with service centres in Victoria and Queensland.
The Company is committed to ensuring that all work is done to
This combination of commitment to quality, safety and service
the highest quality and safety standards and all systems are
has made Fenner Dunlop the leading company in its field in
under constant review and continual improvement. This
Australia.
1 Fenner Dunlop conveyor belting in operation at the vast
Pilbara iron ore project at Anderson Point, Western
Australia.
2 The new A$70m facility in Kwinana, was the largest
investment in conveyor belting manufacture ever made
in Australia.
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Conveyor
Belting
China
Fenner was exporting transmission belting to China in the very
Fenner later set up another factory, but this time as a joint venture
early 1900’s but it wasn’t until 1976 that the company first
in which Fenner provided permanent general and technical
supplied conveyor belting with an initial order for 130,000
management. The new company, Shanghai Fenaplast Conveyor
metres of Fenaplast. This was installed in several different coal
Belting Co. Ltd., commenced production in 1997.
mines and quickly proved to be far superior, in terms of
performance and life, compared to the domestic belts being
In 2008, a major investment was undertaken by doubling the
produced. A further order for 80,000 metres was placed and
Shanghai solid woven capacity to meet the demand from the
supplied the following year. This belting introduced Western
world’s largest coal industry.
standards of safety and performance for the first time in the
Chinese coal mines.
As a result of this, Fenner entered into a Transfer of Technology
project with the Zhongnan Rubber Belt Company in 1985 and
the first factory commenced production in 1987. This proved to
be a success and a second project with the Qingdao No 6 Rubber
Factory commenced in 1988.
All PVC and PVG conveyor belting produced at the
Shanghai plant is subject to extensive product testing
in state-of-the-art facilities.
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Conveyor
Belting
Europe - UK
Despite the demise of the UK coal industry, the Marfleet, Hull
textile technology, all of which provides the ability to model the
facility still produces a wide range of solid-woven conveyor
most complex applications to ensure optimum belt selection.
belting for mining and other industrial applications but whereas
the output used to be 80% domestic and 20% export this profile
Significant investment has recently been made in the Marfleet
has now been completely reversed. This has been achieved by
facility including computer controlled yarn preparation
opening up new markets in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet
machinery unique to Fenner and a new press for the production
Union including the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Poland.
of PVG belting which is ‘the belt of choice’ in Russia and
Other export markets outside Europe have also been developed
increasingly in demand in other markets for its durability and
and the worldwide customer base now extends to 15 countries.
long service life.
Customised belting is manufactured for increased fastener
The production of woven belting at Marfleet has come a long
holding for high speed/tonnage applications, high tear and rip
way since the early 1920’s and today the company remains
resistance for arduous applications and high visibility belts that
committed to supplying the finest conveyor belting in the world,
give improved safety and inspection capabilities.
manufactured in a modern, safe plant using cutting edge
manufacturing techniques employing talented and dedicated
The Centre of Excellence for solid-woven belting produced by
staff.
the Group worldwide is based at the Hull facility and is staffed
by experts in application engineering, polymer chemistry and
Significant investment has recently been made in the Marfleet,
UK facility including computer controlled machinery unique to
Fenner.
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Conveyor
Belting
Europe - Netherlands
The original company in the Netherlands dating back to 1891
In addition to industrial and agricultural belting, Fenner Dunlop
was acquired by the Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. in 1965 and the
produces an extensive range of specialist products including
name changed to Dunlop-Enerka. In 1985, the worldwide Dunlop
passenger conveyors, mats and waterbeds for the livestock
Group was taken over by BTR and in 1997 Dunlop-Enerka joined
industry, baler and harvesting belts, snowtracks, rubber linings
the UniPoly Conveyor Belting Division.
for textile hoses and rubber sheeting products.
Fenner acquired the UniPoly Conveyor Belting Division in 2001
With sales and customer service centres located in the
and with it the Dunlop name. In 2006 it was decided to make
Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia,
more use of the strong Dunlop brand name and the trading name
Morocco, Sicily and the UK, Dunlop Conveyor Belting provides
was changed to Dunlop Conveyor Belting.
an unrivalled level of customer service and practical support
including: site visits and surveys; belt calculation; technical and
The Drachten plant specialises in the manufacture and supply of
splice training (on-site and Dunlop based); trouble shooting and
industrial rubber conveyor belting and produces over 40
problem solving; in-house research, testing and development;
kilometers of belting every week. Additionally, in excess of 375
24-hour helpline; and after-sales support.
kilometers of belting is stored in the Netherlands and throughout
the European sales/service branch network. Belting is also
exported to over 150 countries in Africa, South America, Asia
and the Middle East.
1 A Trioflex belt used for coal handling at a transhipment
facility in the port of Amsterdam.
2 An Amsterdam sorting installation with Superfort
conveyor belts handling sand, gravel and granite.
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Conveyor
Belting
India
Fenner first started exporting a range of goods to India through
A major step forward was taken in 2004 when a new conveyor
merchant houses in the 1890’s. This business was the only
belting manufacturing facility was established in Madurai.
branch of Fenner’s overseas trade that continued to flourish
during the First World War and, in 1929, a Fenner branch office
was established in Calcutta.
Today, annual domestic coal production in India is in excess of
500 million tons of which 70% comes from open cast mining
and 30% from underground, which is Fenner India’s market.
Strict import licensing policies introduced in 1948 seriously
Power generation accounts for 75% of the output with the
impacted on trade with India and in 1954 the decision was made
remainder going to steel and cement production.
to transfer the solid-woven transmission belting manufacture
from the UK to India. A site was selected near Madurai in
Southern India and the factory opened in 1955.
The belt types used for underground mining are at the lower end
of the tensile range with standard PVC covers. However, in
anticipation of future improvements in mining techniques and
The first shipment of Fenaplast solid-woven conveyor belting
the requirement for higher tensile belts, Fenner India recently
from the UK arrived in India in 1963 and was supplied to the
installed a heavy duty belt manufactured at the Marfleet (UK)
Bengal Coal Co. for their operations in West Bengal. As a result
plant on a trial surface application. The first solid-woven belt of
of rapidly changing policies to protect and promote Indian
this type in India, it was hot spliced by a Fenner UK vulcanising
manufacturing, plans were put into action to produce Fenaplast
team.
in India and in 1966 the Madurai factory commenced production
to service the expanding coal mining industry.
In recent years, Fenner India has also manufactured belt for
premium export markets – an acknowledgement of the high
Fenner sold the power transmission side of the business in 1987
quality achieved by the Company.
but continued to manufacture solid woven belting conveyor belts.
1 The drum friction test is one of many that Fenaplast PVC
fire-resistant conveyor belting undergoes to ensure that all
belting produced conforms to all major international safety
standards.
2 The weaving department at the Madurai facility opened in
2004.
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Conveyor
Belting
South Africa
Although Fenner was exporting transmission products to South
In 2007 Fenner SA became the first company in its sector to
Africa in the early 1930’s, it wasn’t until 1960 that a
enter into a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) partnership.
manufacturing facility was established. In 1975, dipping and
This was achieved by the sale of 25% plus one share of the
coating equipment was installed at the Johannesburg facility to
company’s issued share capital to Peotona Group Holdings (Pty)
produce Fenaplast conveyor belting from woven carcass
Ltd, a woman’s investment and development company which
supplied from the UK. This was soon followed by the installation
was established in 2005 by a group of some of South Africa’s
of industrial looms which enabled the South African company
most credible and successful business women.
to be self-sufficient in the production of Fenaplast belting.
The provision of world leading customer support is a key pillar
1
When the Group disposed of its Power Transmission Division in
in the company’s business philosophy. An extensive range of
1998, Fenner South Africa was able to concentrate on the
testing equipment is utilised to ensure that conveyor belts and
production of conveyor belting. The manufacturing facility was
vulcanised joints meet the most stringent safety requirements
expanded and many innovative and cost-effective products
for the three product lines of solid-woven belting, steel cord
developed in conjunction with the country’s leading mining
belting and conveyor services.
houses. This culminated in 2008 with the commissioning of a
new R70m manufacturing facility for the production of steel cord
belting. This new plant features state-of-the-art equipment to
meet the growing demand for high quality steel cord belting
particularly in mining and heavy duty applications.
1/2 Part of the R70m steel cord belting facility commissioned
in 2008.
3
Fenner South Africa offers a comprehensive range of
services both above and below ground including site
surveys and mobile belt splicing/vulcanising teams.
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Conveyor
Belting
Americas
USA
Fenner Dunlop operates three manufacturing plants in the USA
cover conveyor belting, this facility also manufactures a large
in Georgia and Ohio. The Georgia plant in Lavonia was
variety of cleated products. All bulk splice materials, steel cord
commissioned in 2008 at a cost of $50 million and this purpose-
and fabric splice kits are assembled in the Toledo facility.
built, 300,000 square foot facility is the most technically
Additionally, this plant also provides specially formulated
advanced textile weaving and Resorcinol Formaldehyde Latex
compounds that set Fenner Dunlop apart from the competition.
(RFL) treating facility in North America equipped with warpers
The on-site testing facility not only clears each belt shipped from
and looms to produce an extensive range of conveyor belting
Toledo, but also works closely with the other Fenner Dunlop
fabrics for use by the other Fenner Dunlop plants in North
laboratories to develop new and improved products.
America.
In recent years, Fenner Dunlop has substantially increased its
In 2008, the Port Clinton, Ohio, facility completed a $50 million
involvement in supplying complete conveyor services. This side
expansion project that included two new 96" steel cord and
of the business was significantly enlarged in 2008 with the
rubber-ply fabric production lines. Now home to Fenner Dunlop's
acquisition of Solid Systems Engineering (Wyoming), King
Dynaflight steel cord belting product line, Port Clinton also
Energy Services (New Mexico and Colorado) and Conveyor
manufactures a complete range of heavy duty straight-warp and
Services Corporation (Pennsylvania), which included Classic
interwoven rubber covered conveyor belts for industrial and
Conveyor Components, LoadOut Services (now Fenner Dunlop
mining applications. This facility also has a state-of-the-art
Facilities Management) and Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services,
laboratory which is the hub for belt and compounding testing
SA (Chile). All the conveyor service operations in the USA now
within the Company. Meticulous attention to quality control
operate under Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Systems and Services
ensures that each belt is manufactured to customers' exact
bringing the full-service element to Fenner Dunlop’s existing
specifications. Like all Fenner Dunlop facilities, Port Clinton
business of manufacturing conveyor belting.
continually provides safety training to its personnel, emphasising
the importance of a safe, accident-free work environment.
This Division is capable of offering all conveyor-related needs
including conveyor belting, components, structures, installation,
The Toledo, Ohio, plant has unique manufacturing capabilities
vulcanised splicing, system repairs, contract maintenance,
that allow Fenner Dunlop to offer conveyor belting specifically
transfer point technology, conveyor system design, belt
made for special conveying applications. Additional to
scanning, coal transport and engineering services and total
manufacturing heavy duty, straight-warp rubber and flat duck
turnkey systems making it the leader in its field in the Americas.
1 Dynaflight steel cord belting in operation at the
Robinson Run mine in West Virginia.
2 Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services installed surface
mining belts, Mineflex belting and two 84 inch wide
Dynaflight steel cord belts underground, together with
the latest versions of Fenner Dunlop’s rip detection
systems at the new Sugarcamp mine in Illinois.
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Conveyor
Belting
Americas
CANADA
CHILE
The Bracebridge, Ontario, plant manufactures a complete range
Conveyor Services SA was established in Antofagasta in 2005.
of heavy duty, steel cord, straight-warp and interwoven rubber
The operations primarily focused on belt change outs and
cover conveyor belting for the industrial and mining sectors in
vulcanising services and the first service contract was awarded
Canada, the U.S. and abroad.
to maintain and service belts with BHP’s Escondida Copper
mine.
Bracebridge was Fenner Dunlop Americas' first Dynaflight steel
cord belting production plant. Manufactured on the most
In 2008, Fenner Dunlop Americas acquired a majority ownership
advanced equipment available, Dynaflight is carefully engineered
from Conveyor Services SA and joined forces with Pimasa to take
and processed by specially trained personnel at every stage of
a giant step in the market to offer a total service and product
production to ensure strict adherence to our customers' stringent
package. During the same year, the office and belt shop was
specifications. This belting is supplied to the industrial and
relocated La Negra.
mining sectors in Canada and North and South America.
Today, Conveyor Services SA is dedicated to working towards a
This facility rigorously tests each belt on state-of-the-art testing
new service model of ‘Total Conveyor Service’ and has the
equipment before shipping to the customer. This attention to
capability to perform belt change outs with two of the largest
detail has earned Bracebridge a reputation for outstanding
winders in the business; belt refurbishing; vulcanized splices up
quality.
to 120 inches wide for all fabric and steel cord conveyor belt;
pulley lagging; belt/scraper maintenance services; Fenner
Dunlop conveyor belting and state-of-the-art X-ray/belt
monitoring technology to the mining sector of Chile.
1 Conveyor Services SA based in Antofagasta, Chile, has
the capability to perform a wide range of services
including belt change outs; belt refurbishing; vulcanised
splices; pulley lagging and state-of-the-art x-ray/belt
monitoring systems.
2 These two conveyors at the Escondida mine in Chile
convey crushed ore to the stockpile.
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Advanced
Engineered
Products
The AEP Division is responsible for five main product groups, namely
mechanical power transmission drives, precision products, specialist
hoses, technical fabrics, advanced seals and sealing solutions.
The AEP Division was formed in the 1990’s to bring together the
As a result of the increased focus on new product development,
various polymer activities of the Fenner Group and this included
the AEP Division is continually improving the quantity and quality
James Dawson & Son, the specialist manufacturer of general
of new product introductions. Recent launches have solved
rubber goods (GRG).
technical problems in niches as diverse as the manufacture of
drywall, plate glass, roof tiles and ATMs. Other projects have
In 1995, Efson Inc. of Wilmington, North Carolina, was acquired
assisted retailers in reducing energy costs for heating and
and the same year the company name was changed to Fenner
ventilating and have allowed manufacturers of off-road vehicles
Drives. The following year the Precision Division was established
to maximise under-the-bonnet space by replacing complex,
and this became a separate company in 2006 trading as Fenner
multi-component assemblies with single piece hoses.
Precision.
The new Millennium brought with it major expansion of AEP
activities with the acquisition of Eagle Belting (2002); Indico
(2004); Wellington Holdings, UK, which became Fenner
Advanced Sealing Technologies (2005); EGC of Houston, Texas
(2006); B-LOC Corporation, New York (2007); Prodesco Inc.,
Pennsylvania (2008); Winfield Industries, Buffalo, (2008) and
MRI Medical, Arizona (2010).
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Fenner Drives
Fenner Drives is a leader in the design and manufacturer
of problem-solving power transmission, conveying
and motion transfer components
With manufacturing sites in North America (2) and Europe,
are marketed worldwide by strategically located Fenner Drives
Fenner Drives has a proven worldwide track record, supplying
sales teams working closely with international distributor
added-value problem-solving products for power transmission,
partners.
motion transfer and conveying applications.
All the production facilities have ISO 9001:2000 certification and
Fenner Drives designs, manufactures and markets an extensive
Fenner Drives new product development process is finely tuned
range of bespoke products including polyurethane belting and
to produce a continual flow of innovative solutions to customers’
O-rings, high performance composite V-belts, composite V-belt
problems and expects to continue to grow by using innovative
idler pulleys and sprockets, keyless bushings, belt and chain
marketing techniques and products to make customers’ lives
tensioning systems, and belt and chain guides. These highly
easier.
engineered products are geared to solve industrial problems,
whilst adding significant value to the customer.
Fenner Drives is widely recognised for expertise and innovation
in manufacturing technology, consistently blending reliability,
Fenner Drive’s customers reflect a balance between OEM’s,
quality and value into the product range. The certified production
users and distributors that provides resiliency throughout the
facilities are located in Manheim, Pennsylvania; Wilmington,
economic cycle. Products with high market brand recognition
North Carolina; and Leeds, UK.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
High Performance Joinable V-belts; Polyurethane Belting;
Keyless Bushings; Tensioners; Composite Pulleys &
Sprockets; Belt/Chain Guides; Guide Rail Systems.
APPLICATIONS
Food Processing; Textile Machinery; Packaging; Conveyor
Drives; HVAC; Marine Engines; Pumps & Compressors;
Cardboard & Paper Processing; Canning Lines.
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Fenner Precision
Fenner Precision is a recognised global leader for OEM solutions in
markets including commercial and consumer printing, self-service,
medical equipment, composite manufacturing and the energy and
renewable markets.
Fenner Precision's roots go back to 1985 when it was formed by
Fenner Precision continues to set the standard as a global leader
combining the Fenner Drives Precision Division, USA with the
in the design, development and manufacture of belts, tyres and
James Dawson Precision Division, UK. In 2008, Fenner Precision
rollers for the digital imaging, consumer printing, self-service,
acquired Winfield Industries of Buffalo, NY.
media movement and automation applications. Additionally,
Fenner Precision manufactures engineered polymer products,
Fenner Precision is the trusted global source of engineered
friction reducing and high temperature fabrics as well as seals
solutions designed uniquely to fit customers’ needs. Resources
and diaphragms for renewable energy-related applications.
available from Fenner Precision include custom engineered
solutions; innovative materials; market-leading products; special
manufacturing expertise and customised logistics.
Fenner Precision operates manufacturing facilities in the USA
(2) and UK. Additional sales and support offices are located in
China, Singapore, Taiwan and Scotland.
The Company is technically driven and recognises the
importance of research and development and continually strives
to offer superior technical expertise to customers through a
global network of R&D, polymer, textile and application
engineers.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Engineered Belts; Custom Engineered Rollers; Media Movement
Tyres; Engineered Polymer Products (including seals and
diaphragms) and Fabrics (including low friction and silicone coated).
APPLICATIONS
Office Automation; Automatic Teller/Self-Service Machines;
Consumer/Industrial Digital Printing; Automation; Medical
Equipment; Energy and Renewable Applications.
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James Dawson
James Dawson is the leading manufacturer of advanced
silicone and organic rubber products which provide
engineering solutions for a wide range of diverse applications
James Dawson was acquired by Fenner in 1978. Diversification
James Dawson’s factory in Shanghai is now well established and
into silicone hoses took place in the 1970’s. This was
output is steadily growing. As Chinese emissions legislation
strengthened in 2004 when Indico-Europe, a specialist
tightens and the domestic economy becomes increasingly
manufacturer of reinforced EPDM hose was acquired; distribution
dependent upon sophisticated equipment and transportation
facilities established in USA (2003/2006); and new
networks, Dawson’s regional ability to manufacture state-of-the-
manufacturing facilities opened in China (2003/2007).
art silicone hoses will be an increasing competitive advantage
in what is rapidly becoming the largest market in the world for
Today, Dawson is a leading manufacturer of advanced silicone,
diesel engines.
EPDM and other polymeric hoses for the truck, bus, diesel
engine and construction machinery markets. Using the latest
A particular strength is the Company’s technical resource - the
rubber polymers and reinforcing fabrics and fibres, Dawson are
scientific knowledge of the rubber technologists and chemists
able to offer specialist designs to satisfy customer-specific
coupled with the innovative thinking of the development
applications together with extensive test facilities to supply hoses
engineers - the perfect multifunctional team for the design and
that are truly "fit and forget" - designed to last the life of the
development of new and bespoke products.
engine.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Advanced Silicone, EPDM and Specialist
Hoses.
APPLICATIONS
Truck; Bus; Diesel Engine; Construction
Machinery; Heating & Ventilating Ducting.
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Prodesco & Secant Medical
The Technical Fabrics Division develops highly specialised technical
fabrics for the industrial, aerospace and automotive markets.
Secant Medical leads in engineering innovative implantable textile
components for the growing medical device market.
Prodesco manufactures custom-engineered textiles for
Secant Medical custom develops implantable textile components
performance-critical industry applications.
for the most challenging medical devices.
Since its inception in 1943, Prodesco has focused on a variety of
Secant Medical specialises in the development of implantable
technical industry markets. In the late 1960’s, it delved into the
textile components for the medical device industry. The
medical device market by producing fabric for pacemakers and
biomedical textiles are leveraged by device engineers to
artificial blood vessels, and the first absorbable surgical fabric.
transform the future of medical therapies.
Prodesco later engineered a weaving process to fortify delicate
fibres used in kidney dialysis reverse osmosis oxygenators.
Secant Medical is ISO 13485:2003 certified.
The company began serving the aerospace industry in the 1970’s
The businesses continues to grow and diversify to have virtually
by developing mesh fabric for antenna reflectors used in
unlimited capabilities for creating innovative textile components.
unmanned probe missions and to transmit paramount colour TV,
Although the core technologies of knitting, braiding and weaving
voice and telemetry signals between earth and the lunar surfaces
are well established, Prodesco and Secant Medical are in the
during the Apollo Missions. Prodesco also engineered a fabric
forefront of developing critical textile components for the markets
to cushion and protect the Space Shuttle’s tiles and a flexible
they serve. Both companies remain committed to invest in
radiator fabric to enhance the cooling system of the habitation
people and equipment to ensure that innovation continues and
module on the International Space Station.
accelerates.
Prodesco is ISO: 9001 certified.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Specialised Engineered Textiles
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Custom Implantable Textiles for Cardiology; Tissue
Regeneration; Orthopedics; General Surgery.
APPLICATIONS
Filtration Fabric; Satellite Antenna Mesh; Filtration
APPLICATIONS
and Coalescer Fabric for Aircraft Environmental
Vascular Grafts; Aneurysm Repair; Aortic Valve
Systems; Aircraft De-icing Tape.
Replacement; Soft Tissue Repair; Hernia Repair;
Rotator Cuff Repair.
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MRI Medical
MRI Medical is a start-to-finish development and
manufacturing company focussed solely on the
medical industry.
MRI Medical was founded in Tucson, Arizona in 1986 and
MRI continues to develop ever more sophisticated and complex
immediately charted new territory by developing innovative,
medical devices both for start-up and for established medical
catheter technologies for urology applications.
technology companies. Its products are already used in operating
theatres and ICUs throughout the world, and more recent
By the time MRI was acquired by Fenner in 2010, it had become
innovations reflect the trend towards less invasive and out patient
expert at developing and manufacturing complex, polymer based
procedures.
medical devices on behalf of its customers. MRI's experienced
technical staff are skilled at taking a customer’s medical device
MRI Medical's modern, 47,000 sq ft, environmentally controlled
from conceptual design, through development and validation to
facility in Tucson is ISO 13485 certified and FDA registered.
qualification. Once the development/qualification process is
complete, MRI's state-of-the-art production facility in Tucson is
fully equipped to manufacture, integrate, test and package
complex medical devices ready for shipment to medical
facilities.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Complex, finished medical devices.
APPLICATIONS
Healthcare Industry including Cardiovascular;
Urological; Enteral Feeding; General Surgical
procedures.
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Fenner Advanced
Sealing Technologies
Fenner Advanced Sealing Technologies are the industry leaders in the
design, manufacturer and processing of precision high quality, high
performance fluid seals, packing, fluoropolymers and other high
performance resins.
In 2005, Fenner acquired Wellington Holdings which consisted
Many high performance custom-made components are designed
of Hallite Seals and CDI Seals and named the new division
and produced for the aerospace, medical, food, fluid handling
Fenner Advanced Sealing Technologies (FAST). The following
and semiconductor industries. All of these markets have differing
year, EGC Plastics, a company based in Houston whose business
special needs some of which include elevated temperature,
is culturally very similar to CDI’s, was acquired by Fenner.
chemical and corrosion resistance, extreme pressure, wear, lack
of lubricity and ultra purity.
A major reconstruction at the Hampton, UK, facility took place
in 2006 when all the 11 buildings on the site were brought
The correct selection of existing materials or the development
together under one roof in a purpose-built, compact 85,600sqft
of new ones is one of the keys to meeting the challenges set by
facility. Two USA operations, CDI and EGC Plastics, followed
an ever changing market place. FAST companies have an
suit in 2008 when they were brought together in a new
ongoing commitment to quality, continuous improvement and
204,500sqft production unit in Houston. The combination of the
the important issues regarding the environment and as such are
two companies under one roof enabled FAST to reorganise
striving to achieve full certification in all areas across the whole
production to improve customer service.
of their manufacturing sites.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
Hallite Seals; CDI Seals; Hallite Dynamic Seals,
EGC Plastics.
APPLICATIONS
Mobile Hydraulics; Mining Roof Supports; Offshore
Oil & Gas; Construction Equipment; Agricultural
Equipment; Well Head & Well Service; Agricultural
Vehicles; Semiconductor; Pharmaceuticals.
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Fenner
Advanced
Sealing
Technologies
FAST products are used in some of the most demanding
FAST’s goal is to remain as one of the leading global sealing
applications, deep below ground in coal and oil extraction, high
solution suppliers, pushing the boundaries of technology that
at the edge the atmosphere in commercial and military aircraft
give superior performance. These sealing products will have a
and help produce communication and electronic products
unique combination of experience, reputation and innovation
driving today’s business world.
designed in. Together with technological advances, FAST will
increase its service support to ensure its customers’ equipment
FAST has an ongoing commitment to identify new technologies
can remain operative worldwide.
that are relevant to cost effective seal design and manufacturing.
FAST implements these elements with the aim of providing
customers with progressive solutions to their sealing
requirements.
Innovative thinking with respect to materials, design, and
applications is absolutely necessary to cope with the ever more
difficult sealing parameters that face the Company’s customers.
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Health and Safety
Health and safety has always been a core value to Fenner. A fundamental
of the Group’s health and safety culture is the belief that all Fenner
employees should expect to return home in the same fit and healthy state
in which they came to work.
Clients have come to expect the highest levels of health and
A variety of other resources have also been developed at Fenner
safety performance from Fenner and in certain markets, the
to further involve employees with health and safety awareness
extractive industries, for example, health and safety is a key part
and a DVD was produced to provide examples of how The
of our customer offering.
Framework can be implemented by Business Units.
The Group has been active during recent years in promoting a
The benefits of implementing The Framework system are
stronger health and safety culture across its worldwide
apparent through the numerous awards for improved health and
operations. In line with the Group Health and Safety Policy, the
safety performance presented to Business Units across the Group
Fenner Group Health & Safety Management System Framework
during recent years. Fenner Drives in Manheim received the
(‘The Framework’) was launched in 2009 to create a uniform set
‘Group Health and Safety Improvement Award’ for achieving a
of health and safety expectations across the Group.
whole year without any lost time injuries and both the CB Mining
facility in Madurai and the FAST facility in Houston have achieved
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The system provides every Business Unit with an outline of the
the internationally recognised combined ISO certification.
Fenner main board’s expectations regarding health and safety
performance and is intended to encourage the active involvement
Fenner recognises safety as a priority for employees in their
of all employees in improving the safety of their work
working environments. Results over recent years clearly show
environment, both for themselves and their colleagues.
the correlation between improved health and safety awareness
In order to promote a uniform global approach towards health
The Framework requires regular evaluation and improvement of
and a decrease in incidents occurring in the Group worldwide.
and safety, every Business Unit across the Group undertook a
the health and safety systems in place across the Group to ensure
self-assessment in regard of The Framework’s Expectations,
a continual focus in achieving world-class health and safety
which resulted in the development of a local implementation
performance.
plan for all Group locations. Furthermore, every Business Unit
is required to record health and safety performance data as part
of their normal monthly reporting.
The Framework
H E A LT H & S A F E T Y M A N A G E M E N T S Y S T E M
1 In Australia, the use of a ‘Take Five’ procedure provides a simple check
before any work is started to ensure risk controls are effective and in
place.
2 In response to the lack of comprehensive primary health care and health
education, Fenner South Africa provides a screening service for sight
and hearing examinations and care for common ailments and lung
function. Regular talks are organised to ensure awareness of more
serious health risks including HIV/AIDS and TB.
3 A Groupwide health and safety database is available to transfer learning
from one area to another. This has proven to be an effective way of
adding value during the development of local systems and procedures.
4 ‘Near-Miss Reporting’ at Fenner Drives, USA, encourages employees to
identify situations which have the potential to cause harm, leading to
their resolution before accidents happen.
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Fenner and
the Environment
As a company, Fenner recognises the importance of the environment
and sustainability in the Group’s and customers’ activities.
Many Fenner products have direct and positive environmental
Company is also working towards developing a consistent and
impacts through, for example, use of conveyor belt systems for
comparable reporting system on all significant waste generated
bulk material transit or reduction in VOC (volatile organic
throughout the Group.
compounds) rogue emissions via the use of advanced sealing
technology. Concern for the Group’s impact on the environment
The Group Environmental Policy promotes several methods
is a fundamental part of the company’s corporate business
through which Business Units can reduce their environmental
strategy as it endeavours to contribute towards this sustainable
impact, including reducing consumption of raw materials,
future.
promoting the use of recycled materials, and minimising waste
emissions.
The Group is committed to identifying and assessing the risks of
pollution and other forms of environmental impairment arising out
Despite being a low energy intensity industry, Fenner endeavours
of its operations and actively seeks to reduce its impact on the
to maintain the standards of national legislative requirements for
environment to the lowest practical level. The Framework ensures
assessing the Group’s carbon footprint. The Group’s sensitivity
that operations exemplify best contemporary practice in respect
to environmental matters, such as climate change, is apparent
of the environment and continually seeks to minimise
through its involvement in voluntary and regulatory energy
environmental impact as advances in technology, operations and
efficiency schemes across the globe.
customer requirements come to the fore.
Fenner continues to be committed to promoting and
The minimisation of manufacturing waste and the maximisation
implementing sustainable practices wherever possible within
of energy efficiency are both recognised as beneficial to the Group
Group operations. In order to ensure the company’s activities
from an environmental and commercial viewpoint. The Company
continue to reflect best contemporary practices in respect of the
believes that in saving energy and reducing waste emissions it
environment, the Business Units undertake regular operational
can lessen the impact on the environment and at the same time
reviews and plans for handling environmental emergencies.
yield benefits for the businesses.
Additionally, there is an annual review process of the Group
Environmental Policy. These activities underline the continuous
A notable example of this is the Company’s compliance with the
improvement approach to deliver enhanced performance in
Water Act 1989 obligations in Melbourne, Australia, where the
environmental matters.
water usage was reduced by two-thirds over two years. The
In an additional effort of environmental responsibility, the
Southern African business invested in new generation
filtration and electrostatic precipitation equipment for
reduction of fumes from the PVC conveyor belting factory.
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Fenner in
the Community
Fenner has always recognised that good relations and long term
partnerships within the communities in which it operates are
fundamental to its success.
Social and environmental impacts on the community are
In 1988, Fenner Conveyor Belting UK was a founding member
embedded within the Group’s decision making process. The
of Hull Compact a charitable school/business partnership with
Group’s support for the communities it operates in is driven at a
the purpose of raising aspirations and achievement amongst
local level.
young people. Support for Hull Compact continues in a number
of ways particularly the provision of bursaries to enable needy
Fenner Group companies make charitable donations each year.
Hull students to continue education to degree level. The UK
These have included such deserving causes as the Australian
operation has, for many years also supported the Marfleet
Bush Fire Appeal; help towards the provision of new housing in
primary school, located adjacent to the factory, and the Human
India following devastation caused by the Tsunami; Fenner
Resources Manager is now on the Board of school governors.
Drives, USA, was honoured as ‘Company of the Year’ for
Lancaster County, for helping young people understand business
As part of its 65th anniversary celebrations Prodesco (USA)
by bringing volunteers from the business world into the
sponsored a local community day with all employees asked to
classroom; Fenner Dunlop Americas created a fund for three
participate in a company-wide volunteer day during normal
annual scholarships to students wishing to pursue a degree in
working hours. A letter of commendation from the Perkasie
mechanical, mining, chemical or textile engineering.
Borough Council concluded, "Your spirit of civic mindedness
and community cooperation are unparalleled."
Opposite: Fenner Employees worldwide give up their spare time to raise funds for a wide variety
of projects, charities and good causes including:
Employees in Chile, China and USA, have raised substantial amounts of money in aid of natural
disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes and homeless and needy people have benefited
from generous donations made by employees in the Netherlands, South Africa and USA.
Several locations have raised money for cancer research, hospices and blood donation schemes
and numerous sporting and scouting organisations have received funds and coaching support
from employees.
Employees in India celebrate World Environment Day by planting saplings. Similarly in the USA,
over 40 Fenner Drives and Fenner Precision employees joined other volunteers to plant 400 trees
in under two hours and collected over 1000lbs of glossy material for recycling in just 4.5 months.
Many individual employees have raised substantial sums of money for numerous charities by
taking part in such events as Marathon runs, Ironman Triathlons, 40km bicycle rides, walks and
motorcycle rides.
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Fenner People
The proper management of the Group is the responsibility of the
Fenner PLC Board, comprising of a non-executive Chairman, two
executive directors and four non-executive directors and is
responsible to shareholders.
The Executive Committee, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer
Fenner recognises its social and statutory duty to employ
and consisting of the Group Finance Director, the Company
disabled persons. Full and fair consideration is given to the
Secretary and five members of the Group’s senior management,
recruitment, training, career development and promotion of
deals with the daily management of the Group through powers
disabled persons bearing in mind the aptitude and ability of the
delegated to it by the Board.
individual concerned. Wherever possible, an employee who
From the very early days, Fenner was conscious of its
not possible, every effort is made to find suitable alternative
responsibilities to its employees. As early as the late 1890’s
employment with retraining made available.
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becomes disabled continues to work in the same job. If this is
when the factory was moved from the centre of Hull to the
outlying hamlet of Marfleet, the company provided new low rent
Fenner Focus, the quarterly internal magazine, is distributed to
housing for employees and records show that the company was
employees worldwide, and assists in keeping them informed of
amongst the first locally to have a pension scheme, time-keeping
Group performance and developments, health and safety issues,
and service bonuses and holidays with pay.
work in the community and long service awards. At a local level,
Today, with over 4000 employees, the Group’s success is
through staff meetings, management walkabouts, newsletters,
founded upon a stable, technically-skilled, innovative and
consultative councils, suggestion schemes, electronic
committed workforce worldwide. As an equal opportunities
messaging and social events.
all Group companies communicate regularly with employees
employer, the Company believes in treating all employees with
dignity and respect; does not tolerate harassment, discrimination
Keeping shareholders fully informed and up-to-date is a vital
or bullying; and is committed to progression based on merit.
aspect of the communications effort. Regular update meetings
Employment policies are designed to meet local conditions and
are held with institutional shareholders and client brokers
requirements and are based on the best practices of each
together with the publication of annual and half-year reports. The
country.
Group’s website provides comprehensive investor relations
information, analyst presentations, current share price and
financial performance.
Top row, Fenner PLC Board, left to right: Colin Cooke, Chairman; Mark Abrahams, Chief Executive
Officer; Richard Perry, Group Finance Director; David Buttfield, Senior Independent Director;
David Campbell, Non-Executive Director; Alan Wood, Non-Executive Director; John Sheldrick,
Non-Executive Director. In 2011 Colin Cooke retires as Chairman of Fenner PLC after almost
18 years with the Company. Mark Abrahams will move from Chief Executive to Chairman and
Nick Hobson will become the new Chief Executive.
1 Executive Committee, seated, left to right: Debra Bradbury, Company Secretary;
Mark Abrahams; Richard Perry. Standing, left to right: John Pratt, Executive Director,
Conveyor Belting Division; David Jones, Divisional Managing Director, Fenner Advance Sealing
Technologies; Nicholas Hobson, Divisional Managing Director, Precision Polymers;
Richard Morello, Director, Corporate Development; David Landgren, Executive Director
Americas/Australia, Conveyor Belting Division.
Fenner has always recognised and rewarded
long serving employees. Today there are over
750 employees worldwide with 15 or more
years of service, many of whom have been
with the Company for 30-40 years. Annual
long service functions are held at all Group
companies when employees are presented
with certificates and gifts, some of which are
featured opposite.
2 Fenner South Africa helps to educate employees with and Adult Basic Education and Training
scheme. The scheme is available to adults and aims to provide basic learning tools,
knowledge and skills and provides participants with nationally recognised qualifications.
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This brochure was researched, written, designed and produced by Fenner Group Publicity.
Sources of reference included archive documents, historical publications, house journals,
newsletters and company product literature.
Fenner, Fenner Drives, Fenner Precision, Fenner Conveyor Services, Hallite, James Dawson,
Classic Conveyor Components, Scandura, Georgia Duck, Apex, Efson, Enerka, B-LOC,
Dynaflight, Eagle and Fenaplast are Registered Trademarks of the Fenner Group.
Prodesco, Secant, CDI and MRI are Trademarks of the Fenner Group.
Dunlop is used under licence.
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Registered office: Hesslewood Country Office Park,
Ferriby Road, Hessle, East Yorkshire, HU13 0PW,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1482 626500 Fax: +44 (0)1482 626512
www.fenner.com
Registered Number: 329377

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