The Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Firm’s conveyor belt sideline becomes a major success


We recently got a visit from The Huddersfield Daily Examiner who wrote a piece about our firms conveyor belt services where they covered our news that Techbelt is investing in more equipment as it targets increased export sales of specialist conveyor belts and tapes.

Simon Sparkes set up belt fabrication company Techbelt as a sideline to run alongside his father’s engineering firm.

Now Techbelt is manufacturing conveyor belts, belt-welding equipment and adhesive tapes for customers in the UK and overseas.

Heres a excerpt from the article:-

In 12 years, the company has moved premises four times due to expansion and is now based in 16,000 sq ft premises at Shaw Lodge Mills in Halifax – a far cry from its starting point at Clare Mount in the town. It moved to Shaw Lodge Mills five years ago and moved into its current premises there 18 months ago.

It has since snaffled half of its original premises at Shaw Lodge Mills due to further growth..

Techbelt has 16 employees – eight in fabrication and manufacturing and four in sales, with others in accounts and marketing.

The company has clients ranging from major food production companies to one-person businesses. Said Simon: “Over the past year the exporting side has picked up.

“We export into Europe and further afield. It accounts for 42 per cent of our turnover and looks to be increasing.

“We have about an even split of exporters from Europe and from outside Europe.

“We have just invested in more equipment and we build our own equipment ourselves.

“We have projects in the pipeline to build additional welding equipment and we have a targeted approach to sales. We are also relaunching the website.

“We are in a niche market with only a few competitors,” he said. “There is a lot of demand out there.”

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