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Semperit Group: Sempertrans further expands market presence in North America in collaboration with their strategic partner Shaw Almex

Atlanta, Georgia, USA / Vienna, Austria 26 January 2017 – Sempertrans, the conveyor belt business segment of the publicly listed Semperit Group, has stepped up its activities in North America. Together with its strategic partner Shaw Almex Industries Ltd., a leading provider of industrial and vulcanisation presses, Sempertrans formalized the agreement to be operated under the new entity Sempertrans USA LLC. The Semperit owned entity is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA with sales representatives and application engineering being located throughout North America.

“In recent years, we have successfully established our sales and marketing activities in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Through the partnership with Shaw Almex we will utilise our long-term growth potential in the second largest conveyor belt market worldwide and prepare for the next market upturn,” comments Boris Illetschko, Sempertrans General Manager. The estimated conveyor belt demand including replacement investments in North America is roughly 640m USD (~600m EUR). “Even in the currently very challenging market environment we will further expand our market shares with our technically advanced and high-quality products, a competitive price-performance ratio and the market coverage and know-how of Shaw Almex,” expresses Illetschko.

“It is very exciting to see this project move to the next phase,” states Tim Shaw, CEO of the North American operations. “With an inventory of several million dollars located at the Atlanta distribution facility and with the ability to slit to custom widths and ship within 24 hours, this will significantly increase our market penetration.” To serve the Mexican market, Sempertrans will also have inventory and slitting capabilities in Leon, Mexico strategically located near the major mining operations. “We are also very pleased that we have received MSHA Certification opening the underground mining market to our high quality product as well,” adds Shaw.

High-quality Sempertrans conveyor belts for the USA
On top of Sempertrans’ conveyor belt design and manufacturing expertise, Shaw Almex provides technical and infrastructure expertise, as well as access to the North American market. Additionally, the sales efforts will be supported by cooperation with selected distributors offering Sempertrans high performance heavy duty textile and steel reinforced conveyor belts. The main applications for the products are mining, steel, cement, power plants and the transport industry.


Irene Coughlin
Commercial Manager Sempertrans USA Holding

Pamela Shaw
Marketing Director Shaw Almex

About Semperit
The publicly listed company Semperit AG Holding is an internationally-oriented group that develops, produces, and sells highly specialised rubber and plastic products in more than 100 countries for the medical and industrial sectors: examination and surgical gloves, hydraulic and industrial hoses, conveyor belts, escalator handrails, construction profiles, cable car rings, and products for railway superstructures. The headquarters of this traditional Austrian company, which was founded in 1824, are located in Vienna. The Semperit Group employs more than 7,000 people worldwide, including close to 4,000 in Asia and more than 800 in Austria (Vienna and production site in Wimpassing, Lower Austria). The group has 22 manufacturing facilities worldwide and numerous sales offices in Europe, Asia, America and Australia. In 2015, the group generated sales of EUR 915 million (~980m USD) and EBITDA of EUR 96 million (~103m USD).

About Sempertrans
With production facilities in Poland, France, China, and India, Sempertrans is one of the largest and most technologically advanced conveyor belt manufacturers in the world. The portfolio includes textile belts and steel cord belts for the most demanding applications in the mining, cement and steel industries as well as other applications such as ports, quarries and chemical industry. Conveyor belts from Sempertrans are distinguished worldwide for their high reliability and long life. Thanks to customized production, they also have an impressive versatility. Sempertrans serves customers from design, through manufacturing and installation, to maintenance, and is represented worldwide by a production and distribution network with expert partners for service and systems design. In 2015, Sempertrans generated revenues of EUR 165 million (~177m USD) (approx. 18% of the group revenue) and EBITDA of EUR 24 million (~26m USD).

About Shaw Almex Industries
Almex Group is a Canadian corporation with 6 different entities in 17 strategic locations worldwide and selling into 125 countries globally. Almex has grown and together with strategic acquisitions now  provides solutions for Android Tablets and instrumentation, dust suppression, tire repair, vulcanizers and presses for conveyor belt manufacturing and installation and adhesives and consumables for conveyor belt splicing.

With its financial headquarters in Toronto, Canada and global manufacturing anchored by an Atlanta Georgia Campus, the company has centers of excellence for product development and design on six continents. 

Almex products are trusted by the world’s largest corporations including Boeing, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Milliken. Almex’s reputation for quality and customer service is unmatched in the industry.  More service companies and mines trust Almex vulcanizers than any other supplier in the world.  

Almex commitment to research and development has seen the company register new patents every year for the past 5 years and with several acquisitions pending the company is continuing an aggressive growth strategy.

Shaw Almex demonstrates a social commitment to this global community by contributing to local charitable causes and adhering to stringent environmental standards. The Shaw Almex tradition of quality lives on today through the Almex Group of companies, the unique Almex presses, complementary fusion products, and a profound commitment to excellence, integrity, and social responsibility in all aspects of business endeavours around the world.