At the end of the 19th century an oil mill was built in Drachten, northern Holland. A business was established producing and selling vegetable oils. The walls of the original building still exist as part of the Dunlop Conveyor Belting head office, which is situated in a street called Oliemolenstraat, which means Oil Mill Street.
On July 4, 1921 the "Nederlandsche Balata Industrie" was founded and the company changed from oil manufacturing to cotton reinforced transmission belting. Following the further mechanisation, V-belts and rubberised fire hoses were soon added to the production range. After World War II the production of PVC and rubber conveyor belts began and it was this product that was to become an amazing success story.
In 1965 the company was acquired by the Dunlop Rubber Company to form Dunlop-Enerka. Following the closure of the last Dutch coal mine, the production of PVC belting ceased in 1967 in order to specialize in rubber conveyor belts. After this period, Dunlop started to expand their sales activities throughout Western Europe by establishing sales offices in Germany and France. Considerable investment was made in product research and development as well as substantially increasing manufacturing capacity. Many new, innovative products were developed and introduced to the market such as Starglide® passenger conveyor belts; closed conveyor belting and Alanta® waterbed cow mattresses.
In 2001 the company was purchased by the British based Fenner Group to form Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting Worldwide, which is now the world’s leading conveyor belt manufacturer with twelve manufacturing plants on five continents.
Throughout its long and proud history, the original values of product innovation, customer service and quality have remained constant. Dunlop Conveyor Belting has an unrivalled reputation for product excellence and development and has one of the most experienced technical and production workforces in the industry, producing products that are widely recognised as being the world standard for quality and reliability.