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3 Day Certificate Course

We are running a course from 30 November to 2 December 2021. Please book your spot soon to avoid disappointment 

Diploma Course 2022

Dates have been set for the Diploma course 9-16 May 2022 and 3-10 October2022. Please download registration forms to register 

Chute Course 2021

This course has been postponed to 2022. Please watch the website for new date 

Members' Meeting dates 2021:

April 20
June 15
AGM August 17
October 12  

Welcome to the Conveyor Manufacturers Association website!

promoting the excellence of belt conveying in southern Africa since 1973


The CMA is a non-profit company established in 1973 to promote high standards of design, quality, manufacture and service in the bulk materials handling industry. To achieve their objectives, the CMA provides input to national standards, conducts training courses and fosters interest at an academic level and with users in the study and development of conveyor technology. To provide users with reliable and competitive sources of supply, the CMA endeavours to maintain high standards of contractual integrity in the industry and all members are required to subscribe to the CMA Code of Ethics.

To promote the dissemination of information on the latest belt conveyor technology, the CMA underwrites the bi-ennial series of Beltcon conferences and partners with the SAIMH in regular Joint Forum meetings.

The benefits of membership

The CMA is a Non-Profit Company established in 1973. With currently over 60 corporate members, it is recognised as being the official voice of the conveyor industry and works actively to promote the excellence of belt conveying in southern Africa.

All members subscribe to the Code of Ethics. As a prerequisite for membership, this regulates the relationship between members and their clients, customers and suppliers among other things, so inclusion of the membership certificate is a useful addition in all tender packs.

Members’ meetings are held every two months. Here important feedback on activities of the Technical Working Groups, Projects, Conferences, Technical meetings, Social events and other industry-related issues is provided and debated. Member companies (project houses, component manufacturers and suppliers of components), enjoy a networking forum after each meeting.

Members are encouraged to form part of Working Groups and Sub-Committees dealing with current industry-related issues so that they can make direct input into such things as National Standards and Technical Handbooks. The CMA is actively involved with SABS in the setting of industry standards relating to belt conveyors.

The CMA has become the platform to take up any challenges with the Government, SABS or other bodies on behalf of the industry. A succession of meetings and negotiations have been held to expedite the testing of Fire Retardant belting, which involved the DMR, SABS, belting manufacturers and end users. The CMA keeps members constantly informed of any problems or innovations in the belt conveying industry and in conjunction with SAIMH holds Joint Forum meetings on technical matters relating to the industry.

The CMA endorses and works actively with Bulk Handling Today, the only South African magazine dedicated to the belt conveying industry. CMA underwrites and is actively involved with the Beltcon conference and exhibition. Beltcon in turn is the platform used for informing and advising the industry on the latest developments in the conveyor industry both locally and internationally. Beltcon 1 was held in 1981 and has been held in Johannesburg every two years since. Beltcon20 will take place on 31 July and 1 August 2019.

CMA is the sole organiser of SafeCon, a biennial industry conference covering all aspects of safety in belt conveying. SafeCon is a re-branding and expansion of the previously successful Safety Symposia held in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Currently SafeConhas been incorporated into the Beltcon conferences.

In striving to promote the excellence of belt conveying in southern Africa the CMA regularly runs a number of training courses on various aspects of belt conveying. These include a one-day Beltsman's course, a three-day Conveyor Certificate course, a six-day diploma course, and a three-day chute design course run in conjunction with the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Newcastle, Australia. Courses on the basics of belt splicing and longer practical belt splicing are in the planning stage. All these courses are discounted 25% to member companies. Members participate in various social events throughout the year, which includes the Annual Dinner and Award ceremony, and the Annual Golf Day.

Technical documents
Belt clamps -  DOWNLOAD
CMA Guideline – Safety around belt conveyors Rev04 -  DOWNLOAD
Generic geared reducers -  DOWNLOAD
Guide to SANS 1313 errors and corrections -  DOWNLOAD
Observation Guide -  DOWNLOAD
Pulley bearing support pedestals -  DOWNLOAD
Pulley repair guideline -  DOWNLOAD

Sole plates

Static shaft pulleys with internal bearings -  DOWNLOAD

The Conveyor Manufacturers Association membership, serving the bulk materials handling industry, comprises companies who design, manufacture and commission complete conveyor systems. Membership also includes manufacturers and suppliers of components for use in conveyor systems.