Since 1947, MLT is a French manufacturer whose core business is the splicing of conveyor belts, the manufacture of technical belts, and equipment for conveyors. MLT is a precursor in quick and easy to install solutions with the objective of meeting the needs of the market. Easy Engineering: A brief description of the company and its activities. MLT: Innovation has always been the link in our DNA. We invest heavily each year in our 3 Research and Development departments within the group. MLT’s innovative solutions deliver significant reduction in plant downtime, and consequently in maintenance costs and repairs. We believe that the industrial world of our customers must change to take better account oh the human element thanks to new technical developments. We want MLT to be an actor of this change by inventing solutions designed to bring serenity, health and safety to their users, by meeting the technical requirements of their profession, and by improving the profitability of industrial processes. E.E: What are the main areas of activity of the company? MLT: MLT operates in many sectors of activity: Cement plant;Quarry;Construction and concrete plant;Surface mine;Underground mine;Recycling plant;Cereal;Agriculture;Food industry;Wire and cable factory;Sugar factory;Logistic. And much more… E.E: What’s the news about new products? MLT: MLT is the original inventor and manufacturer of the SUPER-SCREW®, the only flexible screw splice, created in 1994. At the beginning of 2022, the MLT teams complete its range of flexible splice to screw by creating new generations of SUPER-SCREW®. 3 new exclusive and unique products to reduce conveyor downtime and improve productivity: SUPER-SCREW® Premium: high strength splice, for very abrasive environment SUPER-SCREW® Security: 1st splice in the world with security indicator, to anticipate replacement SUPER-SCREW® Primary: the budget-friendly temporary solution splice E.E: What are the ranges of products? MLT: The ranges of products are: Design and manufacture of splicing solutions for rubber conveyor belts – so-called heavy duty belts, and PVC/PU conveyor belts – so-called light duty belts: flexible screw splicing, metallic fasteners, belt repair systems, and many others. manufacture of technical belts, such as thrower belts, cable drawing belts, sandblasting / tumblasting belts, and many others. design and manufacture of vulcanizing presses. design and manufacture of conveyor equipment: scrapers, belt centreers, impact cradles, skirts, pilot segmented scraper, and many others. provision of on-site installation and maintenance services, audits, expertise, theoretical and practical training, networks of certified installers. E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? MLT: Like many companies, the company has to deal with raw material shortages. This is a difficult situation because it slows down the activity. The order book continues to grow, but delays in the delivery of raw materials slow down production, and therefore delays in delivery to end customers. It is a very delicate and uncomfortable situation. E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? MLT: MLT is the sole designer and manufacturer of the flexible splice to screw for conveyor belts: the Super-Screw®. Created in 1994, the company’s flagship product is a real revolution in the world of belt splicing. Compared to traditional techniques such as hot vulcanization or cold gluing, the Super- Screw® splice is innovative because it is very quick to install and does not require any specific tools or advanced technical skills, which allows the user to be totally autonomous in his work. The range is composed of 5 models that meet all the situations and needs of users and sites around the world. The reduction of plant downtime, and therefore the increase in productivity, are key arguments in the success of this unique product. E.E: What estimations do you have for 2022? MLT: MLT is in a niche market, but with vast outlets, which has enabled the company to show good growth in recent years: +20% in 2018 and 2019, stabilization in 2020 in the context of a global pandemic, and again +20% in 2021. We hope to maintain this level of growth for 2022. To achieve this, we are focusing on innovation, the company’s DNA, by investing 5 to 7% of turnover per year. We have also acquired the Belgian company TechnicGum, a manufacturer of equipment for conveyors, which will enable us to expand the range with scrapers and belt centreers, impact cradles, skirts, pilot segmented scraper, and many others.