Intralox marks half century of modular conveying

Leading conveying equipment manufacturer Intralox has kicked off a year-long celebration marking 50 years of supplying canmakers and their customers in the drinks industry.

The US-based maker of modular plastic conveyor belts began operations in 1971 after its founder JM Lapeyre wanted a means of carrying delicate prawns to the automatic peeling machine he had invented. It now employs 2,500, serving 60,000 customers in 100 countries from facilities in Australia, North America, Europe, and China.

“Innovation fuels our growth and success at Intralox, but at the heart of our company is our people and our shared values of honesty, integrity, and respect,” said Intralox president Edel Blanks. “We have a long-term view of business which has allowed us to create successful customer partnerships for 50 years.”

With headquarters in New Orleans-based, Intralox firm also has offices in Amsterdam and Shanghai. It patented its modular plastic conveying system in 1975 and in 2008 created the DirectDrive System, which the company says enables “food processors around the world to experience smooth and reliable performance in dwell-time applications”.