BBCP represents RAS Industries Ltd, promote the sale of and solicit orders for Belle conveyor belt pulleys.
Daniel Weekes joins as Managing Director.
FRAS approval for BBCP Lagging.
BBCP is appointed the Australian agent for CAI mechanical belt fasteners to complement its range of conveyor products. CAI has been manufacturing belt fasteners for 30 years in the USA.
Matt Mayers and Peter Abercrombie establishes Belle Banne Conveyor Products (BBCP) as exclusive distributer of all NT Japanese products.
FSL ends all supply relationships with NIPPON TSUSHO and ceases the importation of genuine Belle Banne products.
FSL changes name of Belle Banne Australia to Flexco AustraliA (FA) and ceases imports of all Japanese products except 'U' cleaners.
Ted Barnes retires from BBA and FSL buys remaining shares.
Peter Abercrombie sells Belle Banne Victoria and joins Belle Banne Australia as GM. Matt Mayers starts at Belle Banne Australia.
Flexible Steel Lacing purchases majority share in Belle Banne Australia. Changes name to Belle Banne Flexco.
Belle Banne Victoria (BBV) established by Peter Abercrombie.
New 'U' Type from Japan introduced to the market. This revolutionary cleaner design by Nippon Tsusho becomes the highest performing secondary cleaner on the market.
Pit Top Mining (now Valley Longwall International) and Belle Banne Newcastle (now Convatech) established as joint ventures with BBA. Ultimately both JV’s became independent distributors for Belle Banne products.
Belle Banne Australia (BBA) Pty Ltd established in Sydney as the sole distributor of Belle Banne Cleaners. Ted Barnes major shareholder and MD.
Rubberflex sold to BTR (subsequently Apex Belting) with Ted Barnes remaining as MD in Sydney.
1st major distributor appointed - Rubberflex Sydney owned by Ted Barnes.
Engineering company in Sydney tested all secondary belt cleaners at Port Waratah Coal services Newcastle. 'P' Type best performer.
Mitsui imported first cleaners to Australia and sold directly to iron ore and coal mines.
Introduced 'H' and 'R' types and started export through Mitsui. Peter Abercrombie (PA) joined Mitsui Sydney in the same year.
The first Belle Banne brand cleaner, developed by Nippon Tsusho is sold. The P Type cleaner comes first.