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It is with great pride and pleasure that we publish this           I trust that you will find both the historical and current
anniversary brochure.                                              activities sections of the brochure interesting and informative.

It would have been impossible for Joseph Henry Fenner to           Here’s to the next 150 years!
imagine that the Company he founded in rented rooms at
number 211/2 Bishop Lane in Hull, England, would be the
birthplace of an international group with major operations on
six continents – but then Fenner has come a long way since         MARK ABRAHAMS
1861.                                                              Chief Executive Officer

The progress we have made would not have been possible
without the dedication and loyalty of our employees,
especially the 750+ who have served the Company for over
15 years. We also recognise the significant role played by
our customers, shareholders, suppliers, agents and distributors

                        Introduction                        1     CB China                           36      AEP Hose                     56
                        Minutes and Meetings                2     CB Europe - UK                     38      AEP Technical Fabrics        58
                        Timeline                            4     CB Europe - Netherlands            40      AEP Medical                  60
                        The Early Years                    10     CB India                           42      AEP Seals                    62
                        The Expansion Years                16     CB South Africa                    44      Health & Safety              66
                        The Later Years                    20     CB Americas                        46      Fenner and the Environment   68
                        Worldwide Operations               26     Advanced Engineered Products       50      Fenner in the Community      70
                        Conveyor Belting                   32     AEP Drives                         52      Fenner People                72
                        CB Australia                       34     AEP Precision                      54

                                                                                                FENNER PLC 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY                1
     Extracts from the Minutes of Board meetings                                                                       Extracts from the Chairman’s Statements given
     of JH Fenner & Co Ltd. from 1937 to 1946                                                                          at the first, second and third Ordinary General
     26th November 1937                                       24th February 1942                                       Meetings held in Hull
     The appointment of Mr J.T. Llewellyn as Secretary        It was decided to reward by gifts of £5 per head the
                                                                                                                                                                                              revolutionary belts drew after them indifferent
     of the Company was confirmed at a salary of £600
     per annum as from 1st July 1937.
                                                              members of the Company’s Fire Fighting Squad on
                                                              duty on the night of February 14/15th, when their
                                                                                                                       August 30th 1938                                                       imitations made by methods on the fringe of our
                                                                                                                       In spite of ministerial and other assurances that ‘all                 patented processes.
                                                              efforts minimised the effects of an attempt by a         was well’ a general and severe slump set in amongst
     10th March 1938                                          discharged employee to set fire to Company property.     practically all but the armament trades, and this                      Following the Munich Crisis last September, a
                                                                                                                                                                                              concrete trench-system has been laid down on our own
     It was resolved to bring into operation an                                                                        setback has now been in evidence throughout 1938.
     arrangement whereby at time of marriage, Members of      1st February 1943                                        Apart from recession of Home business, there has been
                                                                                                                                                                                              land adjacent to the Works and classes of instruction
                                                                                                                                                                                              in A.R.P. Defence have been held in order to
     the Company’s Staff would receive from the               Mr J. H. Fenner suggested that, as the Directors’ cars
     Company a Gift, the value of which would be              are now being used exclusively for running the Firm’s    serious setbacks in some of our Foreign Markets. For                   minimise the damage to our employees that might be
     calculated approximately upon the following basis –      business, with consequent smaller mileage and            instance, the effect of the undeclared war on China by                 caused by air raids during working hours.
     a) A gift to the approximate value of £2 for the first   correspondingly higher general running charges, the      Japanese aggressors has been to bring virtually to a
                                                                                                                       stand-still all belt using industries and has robbed us                If, last year, the future was difficult to forecast, this
        two years’ service and 5 shillings for each           calculation for mileage charge might be increased from                                                                          year such a task must be left to clairvoyants; what we
        subsequent year of service.                           3 1/2d to 6d per mile. This was agreed by the board.     of one of our most important belting markets. We have
                                                                                                                       heard that the Japanese have destroyed no fewer than                   all need now more than anything else is a period of
     b) No gift to be made to any member of the Staff                                                                                                                                         genuine tranquillity undisturbed by the evils of
                                                                                                                       six thousand Chinese industrial plants since the
        with less than two years’ service.                    6th June 1944                                            invasion commenced. Our Government appears to be                       rampant militarism and continuous sabre-rattling.
                                                              Mr Hainsworth reported the case of a girl employed in    standing by whilst the Japanese complete the ruin of
     10th January 1940                                        the Colne Factory – Gladys Wagner – who died             an important outlet for British goods built up at                      November 28th 1940
     It was resolved that, at least for the period of the     suddenly whilst at home in Hull over the Whit            great cost over many years.
     War, Doubling Plant, Weaving Plant and                   weekend; the girl was a good worker and had                                                                                     Regarding the Firm’s operations generally during
     approximately 10 looms should be transferred to the      rendered excellent service to the Company; she sent      Having previously been the first firm in the world to                  the past year, it is not possible to speak in much
     Heckmondwike Works.                                      money home every week as her family circumstances        impregnate solid-woven belts with latex rubber, we                     detail, owing to restrictions quite rightly imposed on
                                                              were rather poor. He recommended for consideration of    now have the advantage of being, so far as we know,                    the broadcasting of information that might be of use
                                                                                                                                                                                              to the enemy.
     1st May 1940                                             the Board that a Grant of, say, £20 be made to the
                                                              girl’s parents. It was agreed that a Grant of £20 be
                                                                                                                       the first firm to make both V-ropes and pulleys in its
                                                                                                                       own works.                                                             Although certain shipments have failed to reach their
     It was resolved to adopt the principle of ‘Holidays
     with Pay’ in substitution of the ‘Time-keeping and       made as suggested.                                       What has the future to promise us? He would need to                    destination, the volume of our manufactures which
     Service Bonus’ operating hitherto and to work out a                                                               be a soothsayer to forecast how long it may be before                  have found their way across the seas bears striking
     scheme applicable to the whole Works and Group.          4th July 1944                                            the present general slump fades and a steady trade                     testimony to the tenacity of our merchant shipping
                                                                                                                                                                                              and the protection afforded by our Navy.
                                                              It was recorded that the number of Pensioners had        recovery sets in. All normal methods of judging
     19th December 1940                                       been reduced during the month to seven by the death of
                                                              H. Roe.
                                                                                                                       prospects on the basis of recognised trade cycles are
                                                                                                                       nullified in these days by the whims of Dictators in
                                                                                                                                                                                              None can foretell what lies ahead, but we shall all
     Staff War Bonus – After discussion, it was decided                                                                                                                                       hope fervently that, by the time we hold our next
     to bring into operation as from 1st January 1941 a                                                                other countries.                                                       Annual Meeting, the heavy burden of war may have
     further increase of 5% upon current staff salary         7th November 1944                                                                                                               been lifted from us and the foundations of a durable
     payments.                                                Conveyor Belting. This is a product that might well
                                                              come within our capacity, though no decision has yet
                                                                                                                       August 30th 1939                                                       peace may be taking shape.
                                                                                                                       Certain Export Markets, like China, have remained
     30th January 1941                                        been reached, pending further investigations into the
                                                              profit margin to be expected.
                                                                                                                       almost stagnant and one cannot expect any
     G. W. Fenner – Mr C. Bradshaw (Auditor) stated                                                                    improvement from that quarter until the Far East is
     that he had received a letter from Mr L. Fenner                                                                   no longer a battleground, and the peaceful Chinese
     requesting that his son might be given a seat on the     3rd May 1945                                             have been allowed to resume their normal tasks.
     Emergency Board of Control. The letter was given         New products. Samples of a few articles which were
     full consideration and it was decided that no addition   nearing perfection in the laboratory were submitted      Our latex-rubber impregnated woven beltings
     should be made at present.                               including: Oil seals; samples of woven belting treated   continue to give excellent service and attract a
                                                              with PVC; and an experimental belt made for heat         steadily widening circle of users. Naturally, these
     30th January 1941                                        resistance.
     Overdraft – In view of the impending Tax charges,        The Chairman stated that May 4th was the 70th
     it was realised that the Credit Balance of the           birthday of the Company’s oldest traveller
     Company would shortly disappear. It was decided          (representative) John Fryer and he thought the                                                       Then & Now
     that, if necessary, the Company’s Account would go       Directors would like to be associated with him in                                                    Liabilities                     1939          2010     Assets                             1939          2010
     into overdraft and the Chairman arranged to take up      sending him a telegram conveying our best wishes.                                                                                       £             £                                           £             £
     this matter with the Midland Bank Limited in order       This was unanimously agreed.                                                                         Preference share capital      125,000             -    Goodwill                          15,422    95,252,000
     to ascertain the amount of Overdraft that they would                                                                                                          Ordinary share capital        125,000    48,019,000    Other intangible assets              176    74,756,000
     sanction without security.                                                                                                                                                                                           Freehold property                 65,990    73,288,000
                                                              9th January 1946                                                                                     Profit and loss account
                                                                                                                                                                   Other reserves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Leasehold property
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plant, machinery and equipment
                                                              The Managing Director reported having placed an
     25th June 1941                                           order for the following company cars:- Four                                                          Creditors
     It was resolved to grant to Mrs C. Hobbs a Pension       Standard 12’s at £505 each; three Morris 10’s at                                                     Borrowings                          -   155,230,000    Cash                              13,999    44,805,000
     of 10 shillings per week upon her retirement from        £377 each; four Austin 8’s at £328 each; and 2                                                       Taxation                        3,750             -    Taxation                               -    13,159,000
     service with the Company over a period of nearly 30      Standard 8’s at £313 each.                                                                                                         301,489   598,657,000                                     301,489   598,657,000

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Fenner Timeline
                                                                 1930                                                            1938                                                           1955                                                         1971                                                   1995/96                        POWER TRANSMISSION         2004                                                       2008
                                                         Manufacture of textile woven                                     First V-pulleys produced                                     Fenner manufacturing company                                 New state-of-the-art conveyor                                   Five acquisitions                                   Opened Indian conveyor                                    Acquisition of Conveyor
                                                        and latex impregnated belting                                             at Marfleet                                               established in India                                       belting facility opened                                        in UK & USA                                           belting facility                                     Services Corporation, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in Hull

                                      1893                                                      1937                                                             1947                                                         1961                                                         1984                                              1998/2000                                                   2007                                                             2010
                                  Moved production                                          Commencement of                                              Re-building of the Marfleet                                      New Research and                                             Successfully fought                                         Disposal of                                    New facilities opened in                                        Acquisition of MRI Medical,
                                      to premises                                           V-belt manufacture                                              factory commences                                         Development facility opened                                         take-over bid                                        Power Transmission                                  Shanghai for Advanced                                                      USA
                                   in Marfleet, Hull                                                                                                                                                                           in Hull                                                                                                      and Fluid Power Divisions                             Engineered Products and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Conveyor Belting

          1861                                                   1931                                                        1939-45                                                            1958                                                        1975                                                       1997                                                   2005                                                       2008
     Company founded by                                   Marketing agreement to                                       Wartime production of fire hose                                 Fenner manufacturing company                                  First major contract for the                                    Acquisition of                                        Acquisition of                                        Wide belt and belting fabrics
    Joseph Henry Fenner at                                distribute Gilmer V-belts                                        and military webbings                                          established in Australia                                  supply of Fenaplast to China                                   Scandura Inc., USA                                    Wellington Holdings                                   facilities commissioned in Ohio
    211/2 Bishop Lane, Hull                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Georgia, USA

                                      1920’s                                                    1937                                                             1952                                                         1970                                                         1984                                                    2001                                                  2008                                                             2010
                                 Production of woven                                     Fenner becomes a Public                                         Development of solid-woven                                       Acquired first USA                                          Acquired Manheim                                        Acquisition of UniPoly                             Acquisition of Prodesco Inc                                      Acquisition of BBV conveyor
                                 transmission belting                                   Company with a share capital                                     PVC impregnated conveyor                                       manufacturing company                                       Manufacturing and Belting                               (Dunlop) Conveyor Belting                             and Secant Medical, USA                                             services, Australia
                                                                                               of £250,000                                                        belting                                                                                                               Company, USA

                                                                 1933                                                            1941                                                           1960                                                         1978                                                      1997                                                  2005                                                        2009
                                                        Purchase of Henry F Cockill                                      Marfleet factory destroyed                                        Fenner manufacturing                                              Acquired                                           Shanghai conveyor belting                                   Queen’s Award                                      The world’s largest steel cord
                                                               & Sons Ltd                                                       by bombing                                                 company established                                             James Dawson                                              facility opened                                      for James Dawson                                     press commences production
                                                                                                                                                                                              in South Africa                                              & Son Ltd, UK                                                                                                                                                               in Australia

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                                                                         saw numerous historical events including the                These early years were a struggle for Joseph and he was made
                                           1   3
                                                                         start of the American Civil War; the death of               bankrupt in 1867 and again in 1869. These failures resulted in
                                                                                                                                     no serious losses for the creditors and very quick discharges
                                                   Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria; and the first tour to
                                                                                                                                     were granted.
                                                   Australia by the England cricket team.

                                                                                                                                     The recovery of English industry from the commercial crisis of
                                                   In 1861, Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, was a
                                                                                                                                     1866-67 resulted in a period of rapid growth, especially in the
                                                   fast-developing town of some 100,000 people and it was here
                                                                                                                                     iron and engineering industries, and this culminated in an
                                                   in June of that year that Joseph Henry Fenner, aged 25, a
                                                                                                                                     exceptional boom in 1872-73. The Company moved to larger
                                                   journeyman currier, opened his business in rented, subdivided
                                                                                                                                     premises in Chapel Lane, the next street to Bishop Lane, in 1874.
                                                   premises at 21½ Bishop Lane.
                                                                                                                                     It was this period that was decisive in setting the Company firmly
                                                                                                                                     on its feet.
                                                   In the beginning he was willing to do any business connected
                                                   with leather including hose pipe and strap manufacture and
                                                                                                                                     The Company moved more into the production of leather
                                                   leather dressing. The earliest record of an official order is for 50
                                                                                                                                     transmission belting to meet the demand created by the rapid
                                                   feet of leather hose at two shillings and six pence per foot in
                                                                                                                                     industrial growth and by 1877 the Company was also offering a
                                4      5                                                                                             wide range of other products including woven hair and walrus
                                                                                                                                     hide beltings and seamless woven canvas hose.

                                                   1 Fenner family portrait from 1837. Joseph Henry, the founder, can be seen leaning
                                                     over his mother’s shoulder. Also featured in the portrait are his father, his elder
                                                     brother and five sisters.
                                                   2 Henry John Fenner, elder son of the founder and Senior Partner from 1866 to 1910.
                                                   3 Walter George Fenner, younger son of the founder, Partner from 1886 to 1910,
                                                     Managing Director from 1910 to 1920 and Chairman from 1921 to 1942.
                                                   4 Bishop Lane in Hull, UK, location of the company’s first premises.
                                                   5 Leather transmission belting was widely used throughout industry especially textile
                                                   6 Employees photographed outside the Cleckheaton premises of Henry F Cockill and
                                                     Sons, founded in 1863 and acquired by Fenner in 1933.
                                                   7 This advertisement appeared in a Hull directory in 1877.
                                                   8 Joseph Henry Fenner, the founder.                                                                                                             8

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              Joseph Henry Fenner died suddenly on May 11th 1886 aged 50             Throughout this period, the Company built up its export activities
              as a result of injuries sustained when he was thrown from his          and just before the First World War exports accounted for over
              horse and trap. He was survived by two sons, Henry and Walter,         70% of sales with the principle areas of activity being the
              both of whom had been working with their father in the family          Balkans, India and China. However, the First World War had a
              business for a number of years.                                        devastating effect on exports and by 1915 they had fallen
                                                                                     drastically by over 90%.
              Under the management of the two brothers, the Company
              continued to expand rapidly and culminated with the purchase           To a large extent, the Company made up for the loss of export
              of 18 acres of land in 1890 at Marfleet some three miles from          sales by increasing its activities in the UK and by the end of the
              the centre of Hull. Plans were drawn up for a new factory and          war, a healthy increase in profits had been achieved.
              production commenced at Marfleet in 1893. Houses were built
              for the workers, who paid between three shillings and sixpence         By the early 1920’s, the Company’s manufacturing emphasis
              and five shillings a week rent from wages of between 25 and 28         began to move away from leather towards the production of
              shillings.                                                             woven transmission belting with substantial investment being
                                                                                     made in industrial looms and associated equipment. It was this
              The Marfleet factory’s telephone number at this time was ‘Hull         move towards woven belting that laid the foundations for the
                                                                                                                                                                  4                                     5
              8’ very nearly the first in the area as numbers 1 to 6 were reserved   development of heavyweight conveyor belting for coal mines
              for the telephone company.                                             some 30 years later.

                                                                                                      1 This Fenner leather belt drive was installed in a
                                                                                                        Batley, UK, mill in 1908 and was still going strong
                                                                                                        30 tears later when this photograph was taken.
                                                                                                      2 These Fenner hydraulic ram leathers were part of a
                                                                                                        consignment bound for China.
                                                                                                      3 The Fenner stand at the Yorkshire show July 1904.
                                                                                                      4 The leather belting factory at Marfleet.
                                                                                                      5 ‘Eastville’, the Fenner family home at Marfleet
                                                                                                        which much later became the Group’s
                                                                                                      6 Early woven transmission belting.
                                                                                                      7 The weaving department at Marfleet.
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              With the advent of the electric motor, endless rubber V-belts were     By the end of 1938, nearly all the V-belts and pulleys sold were
              introduced in the USA and Fenner was quick to realise that these       produced at the Marfleet facility. These products, together with
              belts were the future of power transmission. In 1931 an                associated transmission equipment, became the mainstay of the
              agreement was reached with the Gilmer company of Philadelphia          business through to the 1990’s.
              for Fenner to market their range of V-belts in the UK, South Africa,
              Australia and New Zealand.                                             In 1941, the main Marfleet factory in Hull was destroyed by
                                                                                     bombing and shadow factories in West Yorkshire and Lancashire
              V-belt sales grew at a rapid rate and by 1936 it was decided that      took over the Company’s wartime production. In addition to
              the time had arrived when the Company could justify the capital        much-needed power transmission products, the Company
              expenditure to establish its own manufacturing facility. The first     produced military webbing, parachute harnesses and over
              Fenner-manufactured V-belts left the Marfleet factory in 1937          3,000,000 feet of canvas fire hose. Fenner V-belts formed part
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              and a year later the Company began the production of pulleys.          of the drives used on the ‘bouncing bombs’ designed by Barnes
                                                                                     Wallis and made famous by the Dambusters’ raids.
              The year 1937 also saw another major event when Fenner
              became a Public Company with a share capital of £250,000               Rebuilding of the Marfleet facility began in 1947 and in just over
              made up of 125,000 5½% Cumulative Preference Shares of £1              a year the first V-belts were produced in the new factory.
              each and 500,000 Ordinary Shares of five shillings each.


                                                                                        1 Fenner V-belts were used on the Dambusters ‘bouncing bombs’.
                                                                                          The bombs were spun at 500rpm to improve their travel over the water.
                                                                                        2 The Marfleet factory was destroyed by bombing raids on the 5th and
                                                                                          9th of May 1941.
                                                                                        3 Bomb disposal squad with an unexploded bomb at the Marfleet site.
                                                                                        4. Employees photographed at one of the wartime shadow factories.
                                                                                        5 Pulleys were first produced at the Marfleet factory in 1938.
                                                                                        6 The Company made a significant contribution to the ‘War Effort’
                                                                                          producing several ‘specialist’ products including over 3,000,000
                                                                                          feet of canvas fire hose.
                                                                                        7 An early Fenner-Gilmer V-belt drive.
                                                                                        8 The foundation stone of the rebuilt factory was laid in July 1947 in
                                                   1                                      the presence of government and civic officials.

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                                       2       With the rebuilt Marfleet facility fully operational by late 1948,                   The result was Fenaplast, a solid-woven, PVC impregnated, fire
                                               the Company embarked on an expansion programme carried out                           resistant conveyor belting first produced in the Hull factory in
                                               under the leadership of Sydney Hainsworth who joined the                             1952 and still used by the mining and extractive industries
                                               company in 1921 as manager of the weaving department. He                             worldwide.
                                               was appointed a Director in 1930 and Managing Director in
                                               1945. He later became Chairman and on his retirement in 1974                         The power transmission business continued to expand rapidly
                                               was appointed President, a position he held until his passing in                     on a worldwide basis. Fenner manufacturing facilities were
                                               1992.                                                                                established in numerous countries, distribution companies
                                                                                                                                    acquired and a Fenner sales and service branch network
                                               The 1950’s brought worldwide expansion with manufacturing                            developed.
                                           4   companies established in India, Australia and South Africa. The
                                               UK also saw significant developments during this period                              But it was not just the conveyor belting and power transmission
                                               especially in the area of colliery conveyor belting.                                 activities that were expanding. The Company began a
                                                                                                                                    diversification programme that saw the acquisition of companies
                                               Following the Creswell Colliery disaster in 1950 where 80 miners                     involved in a variety of activities including automotive oilseals,
                                               lost their lives when a rubber and canvas conveyor belt was                          roller and wheel package conveyors, high pressure vacuum
                                               ignited by friction, Fenner and Scandura (later to become a                          pumps and electron microscopes.
                                               member of the Fenner Group) working in close conjunction with
                                               the National Coal Board launched a programme of research into
                                               the production of fire-resistant conveyor belting.

                                                 1 A premises near Sydney, Australia, was purchased in 1959 for the production
                                                   of power transmission products.
                                                 2 This factory near Madras, India, was opened in 1955 for the manufacture of
                                                   both textile and engineering products.
                                                 3 Part of the Company’s transport fleet. These vehicles were first registered in
                                                   the late 1940’s.
                                                 4 Newspaper headlines following the Creswell Colliery disaster in 1950.
                                                 5 Early Fenaplast fire-resistant conveyor belting underground application.
                                                 6 Fenaplast belting manufactured in UK ready for transporting to an Indian mine.
                                                 7 The range of power transmission products expanded rapidly to include many
                                                   new products including timing drives, shaft couplings and gearboxes.
                                                 8 The diversification programme included the development of gravity and
                                                   powered conveyors for the packaging and warehousing industries.

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              The growth of the Company in the post-war years is best               In 1975 Fenner was awarded its first major contract for the supply
              illustrated by the fact that its total capital and reserves in 1946   of Fenaplast conveyor belting in China. The Company
              were £305,000 with profits before taxation of £91,000. By the         successfully fought off a hostile takeover bid from Hawker
              end of 1960, the capital and reserves had grown to £2,082,000         Siddeley in 1984 and also purchased the Manheim
              entirely as a result of ploughing back earnings and without           Manufacturing and Belting Company,
              requiring shareholders to contribute a single penny of additional
              share capital whilst profit before taxation reached £909,000 – a      Charles Bond founded the Manheim Belting Company in 1911                                                     5
              tenfold increase.                                                     in Manheim, Pennsylvania and by 1912, the 30,000sq.ft. factory
                                                                                    was up and running and fully equipped to produce $500,000 of
              The 1970’s saw the acquisition of several more companies              Balata conveyor belting per annum. In the 1930’s, the company
              including Motor Gear Engineering (power transmission), Charles        licensed technology to produce patented link V-belting from
              Weston (oilseals), Globe Pneumatic (later to become part of the       Brammer Transmissions Ltd, a UK company based in Leeds
              Fluid Power Division), Dick Bearings and James Dawson.                which was acquired by Fenner in 1989. The 1940-70’s saw
                                                                                    significant developments with the expansion of the Manheim
              James Dawson was founded in Lincoln, UK in the 1860’s,                manufacturing facility and the introduction of new products.
              initially as a manufacturer of leather belting for agricultural
              applications. The company developed along very similar lines          The 1990’s saw a complete transformation of the Fenner Group
              to Fenner producing rubber V-belts and conveyor belting for           when major restructuring took place with two rights issues and
              materials handling, food packaging, office mechanisation, seed        several acquisitions and disposals. This changed the Company
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              sowing and harvesting. Diversification into silicone hoses took       from a diverse engineering group into one focused on reinforced
              place in the 1970’s                                                   polymers with no borrowings and in a strong strategic position
                                                                                    to make further acquisitions.

                                                                                                   1 Several companies were acquired in the 1970’s
                                                                                                     including Globe Pneumatic who produced a range of
                                                                                                     air driven motors which were used on potentially
                                                                                                     dangerous applications including oil rigs and
                                                                                                     underground mining.
                                                                                                   2 The Manheim Manufacturing and Belting Company,
                                                                                                     Pennsylvania, which was acquired by Fenner in 1984.
                                                                                                   3 Early Manheim stationery.
                                                                                                   4 One of the first Fenaplast applications in China
                                                                                                     following the award of a major contract in 1975.
                                                                                                   5 The James Dawson office in 1885.
                                                                                                   6 The early Dawson leather factory.
                                                                                                   7 The Hainsworth Research Centre opened in the
                                                                            1                        Company’s centenary year in 1961.


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                                                       The power transmission and fluid power businesses were                                 The history of Georgia Duck can be traced back to 1903 when a
                                                       disposed of in 1998 and 2000 respectively and major                                    small mill known as the Georgia Mill was established to
                                                       acquisitions of Scandura and the Conveyor Belting Division of                          manufacture cotton twines. By 1916 looms had been installed to
                                                       UniPoly took place in 1997 and 2001.                                                   make ‘duck’ cotton belt fabric. In 1917 the first shipment of fabric
                                                                                                                                              duck was sent to Russia but never made it … the ship was sunk
                                               3   4   Scandura’s Charlotte, North Carolina, operation dated back to                          during wartime action. Cotton duck was used in World War I to
                                                       1926 when a facility was established for the weaving of                                manufacture hammocks, tents, duffle and mail bags and
                                                       transmission belts. In the early 1960’s, Scandura initiated the                        awnings. After the war, the belt duck was supplied to rubber
                                                       production of woven PVC mine belt which remained the major                             manufacturers for the production of conveyor belts. Research
                                                       part of the business for many years. By 1984, Scandura had                             carried out by the company led to the development in the 1960’s
                                                       grown to be ranked the fifth largest producer of conveyor belting                      of special belt fabric for coal, ore, rocks and other heavy duty
                                                       in the USA. The following year the conveyor belting business of                        applications and this led to the development of the solid-woven
                                                       Uniroyal was acquired which comprised two plants in Port                               concept for underground applications.
                                                       Clinton. Ohio, and Bracebridge, Ontario. In one step, this
                                                       acquisition transformed Scandura into the second largest                               Dunlop-Enerka’s origins go back to 1891 when the father of the
                                                       manufacturer of conveyor belting in the USA.                                           founder of Enerka purchased an oil mill whose main business
                                                                                                                                              was making and selling inedible oils. The street where the Fenner
                                                       The acquisition of the Conveyor Belting Division of UniPoly                            Dunlop office is still situated is called ‘Oliemolenstraat’ (Oil Mill
                                                       brought with it the world-renowned Dunlop brand and                                    street). In 1921 the "Nederlandsche Balata Industrie" was founded
                                                       transformed the Fenner Conveyor Belting Division into the                              and the company changed from oil manufacturing to cotton
                                       5           6
                                                       world’s number one manufacturer of heavyweight belting for                             reinforced transmission belting. V-belts and rubberised fire hoses
                                                       mining and industrial applications. The businesses acquired                            were later added to the product range. After World War II the
                                                       were Georgia Duck, Atlanta, USA; Dunlop-Enerka, Drachten,                              company started production of PVC and rubber conveyor belting.
                                                       Netherlands; and Apex-Enerka, Melbourne, Australia.

                                                        1   Scandinavia Belting Ltd, later renamed Scandura, was founded in 1897.
                                                        2   Georgia Duck’s float which was part of a parade held in Decatur in 1925 to
                                                            celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary of its existence.
                                                        3   Atlanta, USA facility, Georgia Duck.
                                                        4   Conveyor belt production at Scandura’s Charlotte, North Carolina, facility.
                                                            Scandura joined the Fenner Group in 1997.
                                                        5/6 In addition to the Charlotte facility, the acquisition of Scandura also brought
                                                            with it production units in Port Clinton, Ohio and Bracebridge, Ontario,
                                                        7   In the early part of the twentieth century Nederland Balata Industrie, later to
                                                            become Enerka, was producing leather belting.
                                                        8   The Nederland Balata Industrie management team photographed in the 1920’s.
                                                        9   The Nederland Balata Industrie factory.

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              later                                                                                                                                                                 3                      4

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              The roots of Apex-Enerka can be traced back to 1890 when two        The Efson company was founded in 1983 in Long Island, USA
              British belting tradesmen, Arthur and Charles Hopkins, began        but moved to Wilmington in 1989. Efson was the largest
              manufacturing leather belting in Melbourne, not far from the site   manufacturer of composite idler pulleys in the USA and was also
              of today’s main plant. They were joined in 1891 by an Australian,   the first company to supply composite products for the fitness
              George Odlum and the company of Hopkins Bros. & Odlum               industry. Other Efson products included conveyor guides and
              prospered during one of the most exciting periods of Australian     components, tensioners and pillow blocks.                                  6                                             7
              mining. In 1940 manufacturing operations commenced at the
              site of today’s main facility and at the end of World War II a      Founded in 1916 in Illinois, USA, the Eagle Belting Company
              rotocure capable of producing 1200mm wide belt was installed        manufactured urethane belting for mechanical power
              which enabled the company to supply belt to the mines in            transmission and material handling applications. As the industry
              Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.        innovator, Eagle launched the ‘Original Orange belt’ in 1978 and
              With this major development of the business, the company name       the ‘Orange’ brand remains standard throughout the world. Both
              was changed to Apex Belting in 1952.                                Efson and Eagle are now part of the Group’s Fenner Drives
              New conveyor belting manufacturing units were established in
              China (1997 & 2008), India (2004) and the polymer business          A significant acquisition was made in 2005 with the purchase of
              was strengthen by the purchase of Efson (USA, 1995) Eagle           Wellington Holdings, a manufacturer and distributor of specialist
              Belting (USA, 2002) and the establishment of a manufacturing        seals to the energy and mobile equipment industries with main
              facilities in China (2004 and 2007).                                bases in UK, USA, Germany and Australia. The same year, James
                                                                                  Dawson was granted the prestigious Queen’s Award in
                                                                                  recognition of their international business development.

                                                                                                                                                                     8                                     9
                                                                                             1   Eagle Belting was acquired by Fenner in 2002.
                                                                                             2   The original factory of Hopkins Brothers and Odlum in
                                                                                             3/4 Charles Hopkins and George Odlum.
                                                                                             5   Belting literature produced by Hopkins Brothers & Odlum.
                                                                                             6   Efson was the first company to supply composite pulleys
                                                                                                 to the fitness equipment industry.
                                                                                             7   The Efson facility in Wilmington, North Carolina.
                                                                                             8   The conveyor belting facility in Madurai, Southern India.
                                                                                             9   In 2005, James Dawson was granted a Queen’s Award for
                                                                                                 international business development.
                                                                                             10 The weaving department of the conveyor belting facility in
                                                1                                               Shanghai opened in 1997.


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                                           1       2   The business obtained by the Wellington acquisition originated         the outer layer of fabric for astronaut spacesuits worn during the
                                                       in two small rooms in East London when, in 1903, two brothers,         first extra-vehicular activity in 1965.
                                                       Edwin and Hugh Hall, together with their partner, A. H. Aaron,
                                                       founded Hallite Douglas Ltd. The company moved to Hampton              Also in 2008, the Group acquired Winfield Industries based in
                                                       in 1925, the site of the present UK operation. During the late         Buffalo, USA, a leading supplier of performance critical rollers
                                                       1960’s-1970’s, subsidiaries were established in the USA,               for digital imaging applications which was founded in 1965 and
                                                       Canada, Australia, Germany and France. In 1985 the company             Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services was significantly expanded
                                                       name was changed to Hallite with a subsidiary established in           with two further acquisitions, King Energy Services and Conveyor
                                                       Italy in 1993. Dynamic Seals of Troy Michigan was acquired in          Services Corporation both based in the USA.
                                                       1997 and CDI Seals in Houston, Texas purchased in 1998.
                                                                                                                              The conveyor belting operations were considerably strengthened
                                                       Early in 2008, Fenner acquired Prodesco, a USA-based company           by a £150,000,000 capital expenditure programme that included
                                                       consisting of two businesses - one manufacturing a range of            new steel cord facilities in South Africa (2008) and Australia
                                                       highly specialised technical fabrics and the second a leader in        (2009), the opening of the Fenner Dunlop Americas conveyor
                                                       the development and production of textile structures for the           belting fabrics manufacturing facility in Lavonia, Georgia (2008)
                                                       medical device market.                                                 and new wide belt and steel cord manufacturing plants at Port
                                                                                                                              Clinton, Ohio (2009).
                                                       Prodesco (derived from Product Design Company) was founded
                                                       by two professors at the prestigious Philadelphia College of           In 2010 the Company’s involvement in the medical industry was
                                                       Textiles in 1943. They identified a need to translate textile theory   strengthened with the acquisition of MRI Medical & Research
                                               3   4   into new products and processes that could be tested and               Inc of Tucson, Arizona, USA, a start-to-finish development
                                                       characterised to confirm their practicality. With no such              company that designs, validates and manufacturers cutting-
                                                       centralised resource available, they started Prodesco Inc. to fill     edge, silicone-based devices. Also in 2010, the Australian
                                                       that need and the company has developed around the concept             conveyor services business was expanded by the acquisition of
                                                       of providing solutions to customers’ product challenges. This          Belle Banne Victoria with facilities in Victoria and Queensland.
                                                       concept was put to the ultimate test when Prodesco developed

                                                        1/2 Early seal production at the Hallite Hampton, UK,
                                                        3   The Hallite Hampton premises prior to a major
                                                            redevelopment that took place in 2006.
                                                        4   Part of the Winfield Industries range of critical rollers.
                                                        5   Prodesco developed the outer layer of fabric for the
                                                            spacesuit worn during the first ‘spacewalk’ by a US
                                                        6   In the USA, Fenner Dunlop significantly strengthened
                                                            their conveyor servicing activities by two acquisitions
                                                            in 2008.
                                                        7   MRI Medical and Research acquired by Fenner in
                                                            2010 produces a wide range of silicone-based
                                                            devices for the medical industry.                                                                                                 7

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Fenner Today
           Conveyor Belting                                                                                                                                 Worldwide   Operations       Advanced Engineered Products
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Americas                                                    Europe                                                                China
           The Americas                                                        South Africa
                                                                                                                                                                                         MANHEIM, PENNSYLVANIA
                                                                                                                                                                                         Detachable link belts, keyless bushings and urethane belting.
           PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA                                            JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA                                                                                                                                                LINCOLN, UK                                                           SHANGHAI, CHINA
           Fenner Dunlop Americas Head Office.                                 Solid-woven PVC belts, Steel cord belts, Nitrile covered PVC belts                                        WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA                                      Silicone hoses, Specialist hoses and Industrial ducting.              Silicone hoses.
                                                                               and Rubber compound.                                                                                      Composite idlers, pulleys, sprockets, belt and chain guides.
           LAVONIA, GEORGIA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
           Conveyor belt fabric.                                                                                                            
           Steel cord and rubber ply belts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         LINCOLN, UK
           Steel cord and rubber ply belts.
                                                                               India                                                                                                     MANHEIM, PENNSYLVANIA                                           Precision belts and Industrial rubber products.                       SHANGHAI, CHINA
                                                                                                                                                                                         Precision belts and high-tech fabrics.
           TOLEDO, OHIO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Seals.
           Rubber ply and special profile belts.                                                                                                                                         BUFFALO, NEW YORK                                                                                                           
                                                                               MADURAI, INDIA                                                                                            Custom formulated liquid cast polyurethane and silicone
                                                                                                                                                   moulded products.
                                                                               Solid-woven PVC belts.

                                                                                                                                                                                     LEEDS, UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Detachable link belts, Extruded belting and Keyless bushings.
           BLAIRSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA                                                                                                                                                                                                           
           Conveyor Services.
                                                                               China                                                                                                     PERKASIE, PENNSYLVANIA
                                                                                                                                                         Technical fabrics, textile structures for medical devices.                                                                            SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                                                                                                         QUAKERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA
                                                                               SHANGHAI, CHINA                                                                                           Textile structures for medical devices.                         HAMPTON, UK                                                 
           Europe                                                              Steel cord belts and Rubber ply belts, Solid-woven PVC belts and                                                                                                          Hallite and CDI Polytek Seals.
                                                                               Nitrile covered PVC belts.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         HAMBURG, GERMANY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hallite Seals.
           HULL, UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
           Solid-woven PVC belts and Nitrile covered PVC belts.

                                           Australia                                                                                                 TUCSON, ARIZONA
                                                                                                                                                                                         Silicone medical devices.

                                                                               MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
           DRACHTEN, NETHERLANDS                                               Rubber ply belts, Technical rubber products and Conveyor services.
           Rubber ply belts, Passenger conveyor belting, Rubber profiles and   SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
           sheeting.                                                           Solid-woven PVC belts and Conveyor services.
                                        KWINANA, AUSTRALIA                                                                                        DETROIT, MICHIGAN
                                                                               Steel cord conveyor belts.                                                                                Hallite Dynamic Seals.
                                                                               Plus over 20 stockholding branches                                                                        HOUSTON, TEXAS
                                                                                                                                                                                         CDI Polytek Seals and EGC Fluoroplastic Products.

           1 The $50 million, 300,000 square foot Fenner Dunlop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 The Hallite purpose-built facility, Hampton, UK,
             facility, Lavonia, Atlanta, USA, commissioned in 2008.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               commissioned in 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 Fenner Precision’s facility, Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA,
           2 Fenner Dunlop’s steel cord belting facility in Kwinana,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              commissioned in 2007.
             Western Australia commissioned in 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 The James Dawson and Fenner Advanced Sealing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Technologies facility, Shanghai, China, commissioned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in 2007.

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                                       Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting is the world’s largest
                                       manufacturer of conveyor belting for mining and
                                       industrial applications

                                       With manufacturing operations in USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands,     installation and offer supervisory support throughout the world.
                                       South Africa, India, China and Australia, Fenner Dunlop            An extensive range of testing equipment is used to ensure that
                                       Worldwide produces a complete product range and offers             conveyor belts and conveyor belt joints meet the most stringent
                                       innovative solutions to reduce conveying costs.                    worldwide safety requirements and that our workforce and
                                                                                                          accredited distributors deliver consistent, high-quality products.
                                       The worldwide network of sales/service branches and authorised
                                       distributors offer expert advice and a back-up service that is     In common with many others, the conveyor belt market is ever-
                                       second to none. This, combined with the 13 strategically located   changing, and a company such as Fenner Dunlop must adapt
                                       manufacturing units, makes Fenner Dunlop uniquely positioned       and develop if it is to maintain its market-leading position. To
                                       to provide the most comprehensive conveyor belting service         this end, an aggressive investment program has been put in
                                       available today.                                                   place that will ensure the Company remains at the forefront of
                                                                                                          conveyor belt design, engineering, manufacture and service.
                                       Fenner Dunlop operates centres of excellence staffed by experts
                                       in application engineering, polymer chemistry and textile
                                       technology. Additionally, field experts undertake conveyor belt

                                                                                                          PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                                                                                          Solid-Woven PVC belts; Nitrile Covered PVC belts; Rubber Ply
                                                                                                          Belts; Steel Cord Belts; Special Profile Belts, Passenger
                                                                                                          Conveyor Belts; Rubber Profiles & Sheeting; Conveyor Services.

                                                                                                          Coal; Aggregates; Hard Rock; Potash; Cement; Power
                                                                                                          Generation; Grain; Elevators; Recycling; Moving Walkways.

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                                           Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting Australia (incorporating Fenner        commitment includes improving the quality of products and
                                           Dunlop Conveyor Services) has manufacturing plants in                 services to satisfy customer expectations as well as regulatory
                                           Melbourne, Sydney and Kwinana and service branches                    and legal requirements.
                                                                                                                 Over $7m has been invested in the Melbourne facility to provide
                                           The range of conveyor belting produced includes rubber ply,           a totally new laboratory and establish a state-of-the-art weaving
                                           solid-woven PVC, lightweight Nitrile and PVC. A significant           department. At the Sydney plant new wide looms have been
                                           addition to the range occurred in 2009 with the opening of a          commissioned to increase wide belt production and many other
                                           A$70m facility in Kwinana, near Perth, Western Australia,             projects have been undertaken to ensure the on-going
                                           specifically for the production of steel cord belting. This           performance of the facility.
                                           represents the largest investment in conveyor belting
                                           manufacture ever made in Australia by any company.                    Significant investment has also been made in the development
                                                                                                                 of Fenner Conveyor Services and a network of more than 20
                                           This facility houses the world’s largest steel cord press, calendar   service centres. The network has been grown both organically
                                           and related equipment and was the first new conveyor belting          and by acquisition. These centres provide a wide range of
                                           plant built in Australia in over 60 years. The new plant has the      services and products including risk assessments, belt
                                           capability to produce steel cord and rubber ply belting up to         calculations, safety audits, belt cleaning systems, installation,
                                           3200mm wide and up to 50mm thick with an initial annual               splicing services and total conveyor maintenance. In 2010 this
                                           production capacity of 330,000 square metres, equating to             network was further enhanced by the acquisition of Belle Banne
                                           approximately 130 kilometres of 3200mm belt.                          Victoria with service centres in Victoria and Queensland.

                                           The Company is committed to ensuring that all work is done to         This combination of commitment to quality, safety and service
                                           the highest quality and safety standards and all systems are          has made Fenner Dunlop the leading company in its field in
                                           under constant review and continual improvement. This                 Australia.

                                            1 Fenner Dunlop conveyor belting in operation at the vast
                                              Pilbara iron ore project at Anderson Point, Western
                                            2 The new A$70m facility in Kwinana, was the largest
                                              investment in conveyor belting manufacture ever made
                                              in Australia.



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              Fenner was exporting transmission belting to China in the very      Fenner later set up another factory, but this time as a joint venture
              early 1900’s but it wasn’t until 1976 that the company first        in which Fenner provided permanent general and technical
              supplied conveyor belting with an initial order for 130,000         management. The new company, Shanghai Fenaplast Conveyor
              metres of Fenaplast. This was installed in several different coal   Belting Co. Ltd., commenced production in 1997.
              mines and quickly proved to be far superior, in terms of
              performance and life, compared to the domestic belts being          In 2008, a major investment was undertaken by doubling the
              produced. A further order for 80,000 metres was placed and          Shanghai solid woven capacity to meet the demand from the
              supplied the following year. This belting introduced Western        world’s largest coal industry.
              standards of safety and performance for the first time in the
              Chinese coal mines.

              As a result of this, Fenner entered into a Transfer of Technology
              project with the Zhongnan Rubber Belt Company in 1985 and
              the first factory commenced production in 1987. This proved to
              be a success and a second project with the Qingdao No 6 Rubber
              Factory commenced in 1988.

                                                                                               All PVC and PVG conveyor belting produced at the
                                                                                               Shanghai plant is subject to extensive product testing
                                                                                               in state-of-the-art facilities.

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                                       Europe - UK

                                       Despite the demise of the UK coal industry, the Marfleet, Hull       textile technology, all of which provides the ability to model the
                                       facility still produces a wide range of solid-woven conveyor         most complex applications to ensure optimum belt selection.
                                       belting for mining and other industrial applications but whereas
                                       the output used to be 80% domestic and 20% export this profile       Significant investment has recently been made in the Marfleet
                                       has now been completely reversed. This has been achieved by          facility including computer controlled yarn preparation
                                       opening up new markets in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet       machinery unique to Fenner and a new press for the production
                                       Union including the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Poland.      of PVG belting which is ‘the belt of choice’ in Russia and
                                       Other export markets outside Europe have also been developed         increasingly in demand in other markets for its durability and
                                       and the worldwide customer base now extends to 15 countries.         long service life.

                                       Customised belting is manufactured for increased fastener            The production of woven belting at Marfleet has come a long
                                       holding for high speed/tonnage applications, high tear and rip       way since the early 1920’s and today the company remains
                                       resistance for arduous applications and high visibility belts that   committed to supplying the finest conveyor belting in the world,
                                       give improved safety and inspection capabilities.                    manufactured in a modern, safe plant using cutting edge
                                                                                                            manufacturing techniques employing talented and dedicated
                                       The Centre of Excellence for solid-woven belting produced by         staff.
                                       the Group worldwide is based at the Hull facility and is staffed
                                       by experts in application engineering, polymer chemistry and

                                        Significant investment has recently been made in the Marfleet,
                                        UK facility including computer controlled machinery unique to

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              Europe - Netherlands

              The original company in the Netherlands dating back to 1891         In addition to industrial and agricultural belting, Fenner Dunlop
              was acquired by the Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. in 1965 and the          produces an extensive range of specialist products including
              name changed to Dunlop-Enerka. In 1985, the worldwide Dunlop        passenger conveyors, mats and waterbeds for the livestock
              Group was taken over by BTR and in 1997 Dunlop-Enerka joined        industry, baler and harvesting belts, snowtracks, rubber linings
              the UniPoly Conveyor Belting Division.                              for textile hoses and rubber sheeting products.

              Fenner acquired the UniPoly Conveyor Belting Division in 2001       With sales and customer service centres located in the
              and with it the Dunlop name. In 2006 it was decided to make         Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia,
              more use of the strong Dunlop brand name and the trading name       Morocco, Sicily and the UK, Dunlop Conveyor Belting provides
              was changed to Dunlop Conveyor Belting.                             an unrivalled level of customer service and practical support
                                                                                  including: site visits and surveys; belt calculation; technical and
              The Drachten plant specialises in the manufacture and supply of     splice training (on-site and Dunlop based); trouble shooting and
              industrial rubber conveyor belting and produces over 40             problem solving; in-house research, testing and development;
              kilometers of belting every week. Additionally, in excess of 375    24-hour helpline; and after-sales support.
              kilometers of belting is stored in the Netherlands and throughout
              the European sales/service branch network. Belting is also
              exported to over 150 countries in Africa, South America, Asia
              and the Middle East.

                                                                                               1 A Trioflex belt used for coal handling at a transhipment
                                                                                                 facility in the port of Amsterdam.
                                                                                               2 An Amsterdam sorting installation with Superfort
                                                                                                 conveyor belts handling sand, gravel and granite.



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                                           Fenner first started exporting a range of goods to India through   A major step forward was taken in 2004 when a new conveyor
                                           merchant houses in the 1890’s. This business was the only          belting manufacturing facility was established in Madurai.
                                           branch of Fenner’s overseas trade that continued to flourish
                                           during the First World War and, in 1929, a Fenner branch office    Today, annual domestic coal production in India is in excess of
                                           was established in Calcutta.                                       500 million tons of which 70% comes from open cast mining
                                                                                                              and 30% from underground, which is Fenner India’s market.
                                           Strict import licensing policies introduced in 1948 seriously      Power generation accounts for 75% of the output with the
                                           impacted on trade with India and in 1954 the decision was made     remainder going to steel and cement production.
                                           to transfer the solid-woven transmission belting manufacture
                                           from the UK to India. A site was selected near Madurai in          The belt types used for underground mining are at the lower end
                                           Southern India and the factory opened in 1955.                     of the tensile range with standard PVC covers. However, in
                                                                                                              anticipation of future improvements in mining techniques and
                                           The first shipment of Fenaplast solid-woven conveyor belting       the requirement for higher tensile belts, Fenner India recently
                                           from the UK arrived in India in 1963 and was supplied to the       installed a heavy duty belt manufactured at the Marfleet (UK)
                                           Bengal Coal Co. for their operations in West Bengal. As a result   plant on a trial surface application. The first solid-woven belt of
                                           of rapidly changing policies to protect and promote Indian         this type in India, it was hot spliced by a Fenner UK vulcanising
                                           manufacturing, plans were put into action to produce Fenaplast     team.
                                           in India and in 1966 the Madurai factory commenced production
                                           to service the expanding coal mining industry.                     In recent years, Fenner India has also manufactured belt for
                                                                                                              premium export markets – an acknowledgement of the high
                                           Fenner sold the power transmission side of the business in 1987    quality achieved by the Company.
                                           but continued to manufacture solid woven belting conveyor belts.

                                            1 The drum friction test is one of many that Fenaplast PVC
                                              fire-resistant conveyor belting undergoes to ensure that all
                                              belting produced conforms to all major international safety
                                            2 The weaving department at the Madurai facility opened in



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                                           South Africa

                                           Although Fenner was exporting transmission products to South       In 2007 Fenner SA became the first company in its sector to
                                           Africa in the early 1930’s, it wasn’t until 1960 that a            enter into a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) partnership.
                                           manufacturing facility was established. In 1975, dipping and       This was achieved by the sale of 25% plus one share of the
                                           coating equipment was installed at the Johannesburg facility to    company’s issued share capital to Peotona Group Holdings (Pty)
                                           produce Fenaplast conveyor belting from woven carcass              Ltd, a woman’s investment and development company which
                                           supplied from the UK. This was soon followed by the installation   was established in 2005 by a group of some of South Africa’s
                                           of industrial looms which enabled the South African company        most credible and successful business women.
                                           to be self-sufficient in the production of Fenaplast belting.
                                                                                                              The provision of world leading customer support is a key pillar
                                       1   When the Group disposed of its Power Transmission Division in      in the company’s business philosophy. An extensive range of
                                           1998, Fenner South Africa was able to concentrate on the           testing equipment is utilised to ensure that conveyor belts and
                                           production of conveyor belting. The manufacturing facility was     vulcanised joints meet the most stringent safety requirements
                                           expanded and many innovative and cost-effective products           for the three product lines of solid-woven belting, steel cord
                                           developed in conjunction with the country’s leading mining         belting and conveyor services.
                                           houses. This culminated in 2008 with the commissioning of a
                                           new R70m manufacturing facility for the production of steel cord
                                           belting. This new plant features state-of-the-art equipment to
                                           meet the growing demand for high quality steel cord belting
                                           particularly in mining and heavy duty applications.

                                            1/2 Part of the R70m steel cord belting facility commissioned
                                                in 2008.
                                            3    Fenner South Africa offers a comprehensive range of
                                                 services both above and below ground including site
                                                 surveys and mobile belt splicing/vulcanising teams.



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                                           Fenner Dunlop operates three manufacturing plants in the USA         cover conveyor belting, this facility also manufactures a large
                                           in Georgia and Ohio. The Georgia plant in Lavonia was                variety of cleated products. All bulk splice materials, steel cord
                                           commissioned in 2008 at a cost of $50 million and this purpose-      and fabric splice kits are assembled in the Toledo facility.
                                           built, 300,000 square foot facility is the most technically          Additionally, this plant also provides specially formulated
                                           advanced textile weaving and Resorcinol Formaldehyde Latex           compounds that set Fenner Dunlop apart from the competition.
                                           (RFL) treating facility in North America equipped with warpers       The on-site testing facility not only clears each belt shipped from
                                           and looms to produce an extensive range of conveyor belting          Toledo, but also works closely with the other Fenner Dunlop
                                           fabrics for use by the other Fenner Dunlop plants in North           laboratories to develop new and improved products.
                                                                                                                In recent years, Fenner Dunlop has substantially increased its
                                           In 2008, the Port Clinton, Ohio, facility completed a $50 million    involvement in supplying complete conveyor services. This side
                                           expansion project that included two new 96" steel cord and           of the business was significantly enlarged in 2008 with the
                                           rubber-ply fabric production lines. Now home to Fenner Dunlop's      acquisition of Solid Systems Engineering (Wyoming), King
                                           Dynaflight steel cord belting product line, Port Clinton also        Energy Services (New Mexico and Colorado) and Conveyor
                                           manufactures a complete range of heavy duty straight-warp and        Services Corporation (Pennsylvania), which included Classic
                                           interwoven rubber covered conveyor belts for industrial and          Conveyor Components, LoadOut Services (now Fenner Dunlop
                                           mining applications. This facility also has a state-of-the-art       Facilities Management) and Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services,
                                           laboratory which is the hub for belt and compounding testing         SA (Chile). All the conveyor service operations in the USA now
                                           within the Company. Meticulous attention to quality control          operate under Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Systems and Services
                                           ensures that each belt is manufactured to customers' exact           bringing the full-service element to Fenner Dunlop’s existing
                                           specifications. Like all Fenner Dunlop facilities, Port Clinton      business of manufacturing conveyor belting.
                                           continually provides safety training to its personnel, emphasising
                                           the importance of a safe, accident-free work environment.            This Division is capable of offering all conveyor-related needs
                                                                                                                including conveyor belting, components, structures, installation,
                                           The Toledo, Ohio, plant has unique manufacturing capabilities        vulcanised splicing, system repairs, contract maintenance,
                                           that allow Fenner Dunlop to offer conveyor belting specifically      transfer point technology, conveyor system design, belt
                                           made for special conveying applications. Additional to               scanning, coal transport and engineering services and total
                                           manufacturing heavy duty, straight-warp rubber and flat duck         turnkey systems making it the leader in its field in the Americas.

                                            1 Dynaflight steel cord belting in operation at the
                                              Robinson Run mine in West Virginia.
                                            2 Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services installed surface
                                              mining belts, Mineflex belting and two 84 inch wide
                                              Dynaflight steel cord belts underground, together with
                                              the latest versions of Fenner Dunlop’s rip detection
                                              systems at the new Sugarcamp mine in Illinois.



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              CANADA                                                                     CHILE
              The Bracebridge, Ontario, plant manufactures a complete range              Conveyor Services SA was established in Antofagasta in 2005.
              of heavy duty, steel cord, straight-warp and interwoven rubber             The operations primarily focused on belt change outs and
              cover conveyor belting for the industrial and mining sectors in            vulcanising services and the first service contract was awarded
              Canada, the U.S. and abroad.                                               to maintain and service belts with BHP’s Escondida Copper
              Bracebridge was Fenner Dunlop Americas' first Dynaflight steel
              cord belting production plant. Manufactured on the most                    In 2008, Fenner Dunlop Americas acquired a majority ownership
              advanced equipment available, Dynaflight is carefully engineered           from Conveyor Services SA and joined forces with Pimasa to take
              and processed by specially trained personnel at every stage of             a giant step in the market to offer a total service and product
              production to ensure strict adherence to our customers' stringent          package. During the same year, the office and belt shop was
              specifications. This belting is supplied to the industrial and             relocated La Negra.
              mining sectors in Canada and North and South America.
                                                                                         Today, Conveyor Services SA is dedicated to working towards a
              This facility rigorously tests each belt on state-of-the-art testing       new service model of ‘Total Conveyor Service’ and has the
              equipment before shipping to the customer. This attention to               capability to perform belt change outs with two of the largest
              detail has earned Bracebridge a reputation for outstanding                 winders in the business; belt refurbishing; vulcanized splices up
              quality.                                                                   to 120 inches wide for all fabric and steel cord conveyor belt;
                                                                                         pulley lagging; belt/scraper maintenance services; Fenner
                                                                                         Dunlop conveyor belting and state-of-the-art X-ray/belt
                                                                                         monitoring technology to the mining sector of Chile.

                                                                                                      1 Conveyor Services SA based in Antofagasta, Chile, has
                                                                                                        the capability to perform a wide range of services
                                                                                                        including belt change outs; belt refurbishing; vulcanised
                                                                                                        splices; pulley lagging and state-of-the-art x-ray/belt
                                                                                                        monitoring systems.
                                                                                                      2 These two conveyors at the Escondida mine in Chile
                                                                                                        convey crushed ore to the stockpile.



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                                       The AEP Division is responsible for five main product groups, namely
                                       mechanical power transmission drives, precision products, specialist
                                       hoses, technical fabrics, advanced seals and sealing solutions.

                                       The AEP Division was formed in the 1990’s to bring together the     As a result of the increased focus on new product development,
                                       various polymer activities of the Fenner Group and this included    the AEP Division is continually improving the quantity and quality
                                       James Dawson & Son, the specialist manufacturer of general          of new product introductions. Recent launches have solved
                                       rubber goods (GRG).                                                 technical problems in niches as diverse as the manufacture of
                                                                                                           drywall, plate glass, roof tiles and ATMs. Other projects have
                                       In 1995, Efson Inc. of Wilmington, North Carolina, was acquired     assisted retailers in reducing energy costs for heating and
                                       and the same year the company name was changed to Fenner            ventilating and have allowed manufacturers of off-road vehicles
                                       Drives. The following year the Precision Division was established   to maximise under-the-bonnet space by replacing complex,
                                       and this became a separate company in 2006 trading as Fenner        multi-component assemblies with single piece hoses.

                                       The new Millennium brought with it major expansion of AEP
                                       activities with the acquisition of Eagle Belting (2002); Indico
                                       (2004); Wellington Holdings, UK, which became Fenner
                                       Advanced Sealing Technologies (2005); EGC of Houston, Texas
                                       (2006); B-LOC Corporation, New York (2007); Prodesco Inc.,
                                       Pennsylvania (2008); Winfield Industries, Buffalo, (2008) and
                                       MRI Medical, Arizona (2010).

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                                       Fenner Drives
                                       Fenner Drives is a leader in the design and manufacturer
                                       of problem-solving power transmission, conveying
                                       and motion transfer components

                                       With manufacturing sites in North America (2) and Europe,        are marketed worldwide by strategically located Fenner Drives
                                       Fenner Drives has a proven worldwide track record, supplying     sales teams working closely with international distributor
                                       added-value problem-solving products for power transmission,     partners.
                                       motion transfer and conveying applications.
                                                                                                        All the production facilities have ISO 9001:2000 certification and
                                       Fenner Drives designs, manufactures and markets an extensive     Fenner Drives new product development process is finely tuned
                                       range of bespoke products including polyurethane belting and     to produce a continual flow of innovative solutions to customers’
                                       O-rings, high performance composite V-belts, composite V-belt    problems and expects to continue to grow by using innovative
                                       idler pulleys and sprockets, keyless bushings, belt and chain    marketing techniques and products to make customers’ lives
                                       tensioning systems, and belt and chain guides. These highly      easier.
                                       engineered products are geared to solve industrial problems,
                                       whilst adding significant value to the customer.                 Fenner Drives is widely recognised for expertise and innovation
                                                                                                        in manufacturing technology, consistently blending reliability,
                                       Fenner Drive’s customers reflect a balance between OEM’s,        quality and value into the product range. The certified production
                                       users and distributors that provides resiliency throughout the   facilities are located in Manheim, Pennsylvania; Wilmington,
                                       economic cycle. Products with high market brand recognition      North Carolina; and Leeds, UK.

                                                                                                         PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                                                                                         High Performance Joinable V-belts; Polyurethane Belting;
                                                                                                         Keyless Bushings; Tensioners; Composite Pulleys &
                                                                                                         Sprockets; Belt/Chain Guides; Guide Rail Systems.

                                                                                                         Food Processing; Textile Machinery; Packaging; Conveyor
                                                                                                         Drives; HVAC; Marine Engines; Pumps & Compressors;
                                                                                                         Cardboard & Paper Processing; Canning Lines.

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                                       Fenner Precision
                                       Fenner Precision is a recognised global leader for OEM solutions in
                                       markets including commercial and consumer printing, self-service,
                                       medical equipment, composite manufacturing and the energy and
                                       renewable markets.

                                       Fenner Precision's roots go back to 1985 when it was formed by      Fenner Precision continues to set the standard as a global leader
                                       combining the Fenner Drives Precision Division, USA with the        in the design, development and manufacture of belts, tyres and
                                       James Dawson Precision Division, UK. In 2008, Fenner Precision      rollers for the digital imaging, consumer printing, self-service,
                                       acquired Winfield Industries of Buffalo, NY.                        media movement and automation applications. Additionally,
                                                                                                           Fenner Precision manufactures engineered polymer products,
                                       Fenner Precision is the trusted global source of engineered         friction reducing and high temperature fabrics as well as seals
                                       solutions designed uniquely to fit customers’ needs. Resources      and diaphragms for renewable energy-related applications.
                                       available from Fenner Precision include custom engineered
                                       solutions; innovative materials; market-leading products; special   Fenner Precision operates manufacturing facilities in the USA
                                       manufacturing expertise and customised logistics.                   (2) and UK. Additional sales and support offices are located in
                                                                                                           China, Singapore, Taiwan and Scotland.
                                       The Company is technically driven and recognises the
                                       importance of research and development and continually strives
                                       to offer superior technical expertise to customers through a
                                       global network of R&D, polymer, textile and application

                                                                                                  PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                                                                                  Engineered Belts; Custom Engineered Rollers; Media Movement
                                                                                                  Tyres; Engineered Polymer Products (including seals and
                                                                                                  diaphragms) and Fabrics (including low friction and silicone coated).

                                                                                                  Office Automation; Automatic Teller/Self-Service Machines;
                                                                                                  Consumer/Industrial Digital Printing; Automation; Medical
                                                                                                  Equipment; Energy and Renewable Applications.

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                                       James Dawson
                                       James Dawson is the leading manufacturer of advanced
                                       silicone and organic rubber products which provide
                                       engineering solutions for a wide range of diverse applications

                                       James Dawson was acquired by Fenner in 1978. Diversification           James Dawson’s factory in Shanghai is now well established and
                                       into silicone hoses took place in the 1970’s. This was                 output is steadily growing. As Chinese emissions legislation
                                       strengthened in 2004 when Indico-Europe, a specialist                  tightens and the domestic economy becomes increasingly
                                       manufacturer of reinforced EPDM hose was acquired; distribution        dependent upon sophisticated equipment and transportation
                                       facilities established in USA (2003/2006); and new                     networks, Dawson’s regional ability to manufacture state-of-the-
                                       manufacturing facilities opened in China (2003/2007).                  art silicone hoses will be an increasing competitive advantage
                                                                                                              in what is rapidly becoming the largest market in the world for
                                       Today, Dawson is a leading manufacturer of advanced silicone,          diesel engines.
                                       EPDM and other polymeric hoses for the truck, bus, diesel
                                       engine and construction machinery markets. Using the latest            A particular strength is the Company’s technical resource - the
                                       rubber polymers and reinforcing fabrics and fibres, Dawson are         scientific knowledge of the rubber technologists and chemists
                                       able to offer specialist designs to satisfy customer-specific          coupled with the innovative thinking of the development
                                       applications together with extensive test facilities to supply hoses   engineers - the perfect multifunctional team for the design and
                                       that are truly "fit and forget" - designed to last the life of the     development of new and bespoke products.

                                                                                                                                 PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                                                                                                                 Advanced Silicone, EPDM and Specialist

                                                                                                                                 Truck; Bus; Diesel Engine; Construction
                                                                                                                                 Machinery; Heating & Ventilating Ducting.

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                                       Prodesco & Secant Medical
                                       The Technical Fabrics Division develops highly specialised technical
                                       fabrics for the industrial, aerospace and automotive markets.
                                       Secant Medical leads in engineering innovative implantable textile
                                       components for the growing medical device market.

                                       Prodesco manufactures custom-engineered textiles for                  Secant Medical custom develops implantable textile components
                                       performance-critical industry applications.                           for the most challenging medical devices.

                                       Since its inception in 1943, Prodesco has focused on a variety of     Secant Medical specialises in the development of implantable
                                       technical industry markets. In the late 1960’s, it delved into the    textile components for the medical device industry. The
                                       medical device market by producing fabric for pacemakers and          biomedical textiles are leveraged by device engineers to
                                       artificial blood vessels, and the first absorbable surgical fabric.   transform the future of medical therapies.
                                       Prodesco later engineered a weaving process to fortify delicate
                                       fibres used in kidney dialysis reverse osmosis oxygenators.           Secant Medical is ISO 13485:2003 certified.

                                       The company began serving the aerospace industry in the 1970’s        The businesses continues to grow and diversify to have virtually
                                       by developing mesh fabric for antenna reflectors used in              unlimited capabilities for creating innovative textile components.
                                       unmanned probe missions and to transmit paramount colour TV,          Although the core technologies of knitting, braiding and weaving
                                       voice and telemetry signals between earth and the lunar surfaces      are well established, Prodesco and Secant Medical are in the
                                       during the Apollo Missions. Prodesco also engineered a fabric         forefront of developing critical textile components for the markets
                                       to cushion and protect the Space Shuttle’s tiles and a flexible       they serve. Both companies remain committed to invest in
                                       radiator fabric to enhance the cooling system of the habitation       people and equipment to ensure that innovation continues and
                                       module on the International Space Station.                            accelerates.

                                       Prodesco is ISO: 9001 certified.

                                       PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS                                                     PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                       Specialised Engineered Textiles                                        Custom Implantable Textiles for Cardiology; Tissue
                                                                                                              Regeneration; Orthopedics; General Surgery.
                                       Filtration Fabric; Satellite Antenna Mesh; Filtration                  APPLICATIONS
                                       and Coalescer Fabric for Aircraft Environmental                        Vascular Grafts; Aneurysm Repair; Aortic Valve
                                       Systems; Aircraft De-icing Tape.                                       Replacement; Soft Tissue Repair; Hernia Repair;
                                                                                                              Rotator Cuff Repair.

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                                       MRI Medical
                                       MRI Medical is a start-to-finish development and
                                       manufacturing company focussed solely on the
                                       medical industry.

                                       MRI Medical was founded in Tucson, Arizona in 1986 and              MRI continues to develop ever more sophisticated and complex
                                       immediately charted new territory by developing innovative,         medical devices both for start-up and for established medical
                                       catheter technologies for urology applications.                     technology companies. Its products are already used in operating
                                                                                                           theatres and ICUs throughout the world, and more recent
                                       By the time MRI was acquired by Fenner in 2010, it had become       innovations reflect the trend towards less invasive and out patient
                                       expert at developing and manufacturing complex, polymer based       procedures.
                                       medical devices on behalf of its customers. MRI's experienced
                                       technical staff are skilled at taking a customer’s medical device   MRI Medical's modern, 47,000 sq ft, environmentally controlled
                                       from conceptual design, through development and validation to       facility in Tucson is ISO 13485 certified and FDA registered.
                                       qualification. Once the development/qualification process is
                                       complete, MRI's state-of-the-art production facility in Tucson is
                                       fully equipped to manufacture, integrate, test and package
                                       complex medical devices ready for shipment to medical

                                                                                                                    PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                                                                                                    Complex, finished medical devices.

                                                                                                                    Healthcare Industry including Cardiovascular;
                                                                                                                    Urological; Enteral Feeding; General Surgical

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                                       Fenner Advanced
                                       Sealing Technologies
                                       Fenner Advanced Sealing Technologies are the industry leaders in the
                                       design, manufacturer and processing of precision high quality, high
                                       performance fluid seals, packing, fluoropolymers and other high
                                       performance resins.

                                       In 2005, Fenner acquired Wellington Holdings which consisted     Many high performance custom-made components are designed
                                       of Hallite Seals and CDI Seals and named the new division        and produced for the aerospace, medical, food, fluid handling
                                       Fenner Advanced Sealing Technologies (FAST). The following       and semiconductor industries. All of these markets have differing
                                       year, EGC Plastics, a company based in Houston whose business    special needs some of which include elevated temperature,
                                       is culturally very similar to CDI’s, was acquired by Fenner.     chemical and corrosion resistance, extreme pressure, wear, lack
                                                                                                        of lubricity and ultra purity.
                                       A major reconstruction at the Hampton, UK, facility took place
                                       in 2006 when all the 11 buildings on the site were brought       The correct selection of existing materials or the development
                                       together under one roof in a purpose-built, compact 85,600sqft   of new ones is one of the keys to meeting the challenges set by
                                       facility. Two USA operations, CDI and EGC Plastics, followed     an ever changing market place. FAST companies have an
                                       suit in 2008 when they were brought together in a new            ongoing commitment to quality, continuous improvement and
                                       204,500sqft production unit in Houston. The combination of the   the important issues regarding the environment and as such are
                                       two companies under one roof enabled FAST to reorganise          striving to achieve full certification in all areas across the whole
                                       production to improve customer service.                          of their manufacturing sites.

                                                                                                                 PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS
                                                                                                                 Hallite Seals; CDI Seals; Hallite Dynamic Seals,
                                                                                                                 EGC Plastics.

                                                                                                                 Mobile Hydraulics; Mining Roof Supports; Offshore
                                                                                                                 Oil & Gas; Construction Equipment; Agricultural
                                                                                                                 Equipment; Well Head & Well Service; Agricultural
                                                                                                                 Vehicles; Semiconductor; Pharmaceuticals.

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              FAST products are used in some of the most demanding                 FAST’s goal is to remain as one of the leading global sealing
              applications, deep below ground in coal and oil extraction, high     solution suppliers, pushing the boundaries of technology that
              at the edge the atmosphere in commercial and military aircraft       give superior performance. These sealing products will have a
              and help produce communication and electronic products               unique combination of experience, reputation and innovation
              driving today’s business world.                                      designed in. Together with technological advances, FAST will
                                                                                   increase its service support to ensure its customers’ equipment
              FAST has an ongoing commitment to identify new technologies          can remain operative worldwide.
              that are relevant to cost effective seal design and manufacturing.
              FAST implements these elements with the aim of providing
              customers with progressive solutions to their sealing

              Innovative thinking with respect to materials, design, and
              applications is absolutely necessary to cope with the ever more
              difficult sealing parameters that face the Company’s customers.

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                                               Health and Safety
                                               Health and safety has always been a core value to Fenner. A fundamental
                                               of the Group’s health and safety culture is the belief that all Fenner
                                               employees should expect to return home in the same fit and healthy state
                                               in which they came to work.
                                               Clients have come to expect the highest levels of health and                     A variety of other resources have also been developed at Fenner
                                               safety performance from Fenner and in certain markets, the                       to further involve employees with health and safety awareness
                                               extractive industries, for example, health and safety is a key part              and a DVD was produced to provide examples of how The
                                               of our customer offering.                                                        Framework can be implemented by Business Units.

                                               The Group has been active during recent years in promoting a                     The benefits of implementing The Framework system are
                                               stronger health and safety culture across its worldwide                          apparent through the numerous awards for improved health and
                                               operations. In line with the Group Health and Safety Policy, the                 safety performance presented to Business Units across the Group
                                               Fenner Group Health & Safety Management System Framework                         during recent years. Fenner Drives in Manheim received the
                                               (‘The Framework’) was launched in 2009 to create a uniform set                   ‘Group Health and Safety Improvement Award’ for achieving a
                                               of health and safety expectations across the Group.                              whole year without any lost time injuries and both the CB Mining
                                                                                                                                facility in Madurai and the FAST facility in Houston have achieved
                                       1   2   The system provides every Business Unit with an outline of the                   the internationally recognised combined ISO certification.
                                               Fenner main board’s expectations regarding health and safety
                                               performance and is intended to encourage the active involvement                  Fenner recognises safety as a priority for employees in their
                                               of all employees in improving the safety of their work                           working environments. Results over recent years clearly show
                                               environment, both for themselves and their colleagues.                           the correlation between improved health and safety awareness
                                                                                                                                and a decrease in incidents occurring in the Group worldwide.
                                               In order to promote a uniform global approach towards health                     The Framework requires regular evaluation and improvement of
                                               and safety, every Business Unit across the Group undertook a                     the health and safety systems in place across the Group to ensure
                                               self-assessment in regard of The Framework’s Expectations,                       a continual focus in achieving world-class health and safety
                                               which resulted in the development of a local implementation                      performance.
                                               plan for all Group locations. Furthermore, every Business Unit
                                               is required to record health and safety performance data as part
                                               of their normal monthly reporting.

                                                                                                       The Framework
                                                                                                           H E A LT H & S A F E T Y M A N A G E M E N T S Y S T E M

                                                1 In Australia, the use of a ‘Take Five’ procedure provides a simple check
                                                  before any work is started to ensure risk controls are effective and in
                                                2 In response to the lack of comprehensive primary health care and health
                                                  education, Fenner South Africa provides a screening service for sight
                                                  and hearing examinations and care for common ailments and lung
                                                  function. Regular talks are organised to ensure awareness of more
                                                  serious health risks including HIV/AIDS and TB.
                                                3 A Groupwide health and safety database is available to transfer learning
                                                  from one area to another. This has proven to be an effective way of
                                                  adding value during the development of local systems and procedures.
                                                4 ‘Near-Miss Reporting’ at Fenner Drives, USA, encourages employees to
                                                  identify situations which have the potential to cause harm, leading to
                                                  their resolution before accidents happen.

                                       3   4

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              Fenner and
              the Environment
              As a company, Fenner recognises the importance of the environment
              and sustainability in the Group’s and customers’ activities.
              Many Fenner products have direct and positive environmental           Company is also working towards developing a consistent and
              impacts through, for example, use of conveyor belt systems for        comparable reporting system on all significant waste generated
              bulk material transit or reduction in VOC (volatile organic           throughout the Group.
              compounds) rogue emissions via the use of advanced sealing
              technology. Concern for the Group’s impact on the environment         The Group Environmental Policy promotes several methods
              is a fundamental part of the company’s corporate business             through which Business Units can reduce their environmental
              strategy as it endeavours to contribute towards this sustainable      impact, including reducing consumption of raw materials,
              future.                                                               promoting the use of recycled materials, and minimising waste
              The Group is committed to identifying and assessing the risks of
              pollution and other forms of environmental impairment arising out     Despite being a low energy intensity industry, Fenner endeavours
              of its operations and actively seeks to reduce its impact on the      to maintain the standards of national legislative requirements for
              environment to the lowest practical level. The Framework ensures      assessing the Group’s carbon footprint. The Group’s sensitivity
              that operations exemplify best contemporary practice in respect       to environmental matters, such as climate change, is apparent
              of the environment and continually seeks to minimise                  through its involvement in voluntary and regulatory energy
              environmental impact as advances in technology, operations and        efficiency schemes across the globe.
              customer requirements come to the fore.
                                                                                    Fenner continues to be committed to promoting and
              The minimisation of manufacturing waste and the maximisation          implementing sustainable practices wherever possible within
              of energy efficiency are both recognised as beneficial to the Group   Group operations. In order to ensure the company’s activities
              from an environmental and commercial viewpoint. The Company           continue to reflect best contemporary practices in respect of the
              believes that in saving energy and reducing waste emissions it        environment, the Business Units undertake regular operational
              can lessen the impact on the environment and at the same time         reviews and plans for handling environmental emergencies.
              yield benefits for the businesses.                                    Additionally, there is an annual review process of the Group
                                                                                    Environmental Policy. These activities underline the continuous
              A notable example of this is the Company’s compliance with the        improvement approach to deliver enhanced performance in
              Water Act 1989 obligations in Melbourne, Australia, where the         environmental matters.
              water usage was reduced by two-thirds over two years. The

                                                                                                 In an additional effort of environmental responsibility, the
                                                                                                 Southern African business invested in new generation
                                                                                                 filtration and electrostatic precipitation equipment for
                                                                                                 reduction of fumes from the PVC conveyor belting factory.

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                                       Fenner in
                                       the Community
                                       Fenner has always recognised that good relations and long term
                                       partnerships within the communities in which it operates are
                                       fundamental to its success.

                                       Social and environmental impacts on the community are                             In 1988, Fenner Conveyor Belting UK was a founding member
                                       embedded within the Group’s decision making process. The                          of Hull Compact a charitable school/business partnership with
                                       Group’s support for the communities it operates in is driven at a                 the purpose of raising aspirations and achievement amongst
                                       local level.                                                                      young people. Support for Hull Compact continues in a number
                                                                                                                         of ways particularly the provision of bursaries to enable needy
                                       Fenner Group companies make charitable donations each year.                       Hull students to continue education to degree level. The UK
                                       These have included such deserving causes as the Australian                       operation has, for many years also supported the Marfleet
                                       Bush Fire Appeal; help towards the provision of new housing in                    primary school, located adjacent to the factory, and the Human
                                       India following devastation caused by the Tsunami; Fenner                         Resources Manager is now on the Board of school governors.
                                       Drives, USA, was honoured as ‘Company of the Year’ for
                                       Lancaster County, for helping young people understand business                    As part of its 65th anniversary celebrations Prodesco (USA)
                                       by bringing volunteers from the business world into the                           sponsored a local community day with all employees asked to
                                       classroom; Fenner Dunlop Americas created a fund for three                        participate in a company-wide volunteer day during normal
                                       annual scholarships to students wishing to pursue a degree in                     working hours. A letter of commendation from the Perkasie
                                       mechanical, mining, chemical or textile engineering.                              Borough Council concluded, "Your spirit of civic mindedness
                                                                                                                         and community cooperation are unparalleled."

                                        Opposite: Fenner Employees worldwide give up their spare time to raise funds for a wide variety
                                        of projects, charities and good causes including:
                                        Employees in Chile, China and USA, have raised substantial amounts of money in aid of natural
                                        disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes and homeless and needy people have benefited
                                        from generous donations made by employees in the Netherlands, South Africa and USA.
                                        Several locations have raised money for cancer research, hospices and blood donation schemes
                                        and numerous sporting and scouting organisations have received funds and coaching support
                                        from employees.
                                        Employees in India celebrate World Environment Day by planting saplings. Similarly in the USA,
                                        over 40 Fenner Drives and Fenner Precision employees joined other volunteers to plant 400 trees
                                        in under two hours and collected over 1000lbs of glossy material for recycling in just 4.5 months.
                                        Many individual employees have raised substantial sums of money for numerous charities by
                                        taking part in such events as Marathon runs, Ironman Triathlons, 40km bicycle rides, walks and
                                        motorcycle rides.

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              Fenner People
              The proper management of the Group is the responsibility of the
              Fenner PLC Board, comprising of a non-executive Chairman, two
              executive directors and four non-executive directors and is
              responsible to shareholders.

                                                                                                                                                                        1                                     2
              The Executive Committee, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer                 Fenner recognises its social and statutory duty to employ
              and consisting of the Group Finance Director, the Company                       disabled persons. Full and fair consideration is given to the
              Secretary and five members of the Group’s senior management,                    recruitment, training, career development and promotion of
              deals with the daily management of the Group through powers                     disabled persons bearing in mind the aptitude and ability of the
              delegated to it by the Board.                                                   individual concerned. Wherever possible, an employee who
                                                                                              becomes disabled continues to work in the same job. If this is
              From the very early days, Fenner was conscious of its                           not possible, every effort is made to find suitable alternative
              responsibilities to its employees. As early as the late 1890’s                  employment with retraining made available.
              when the factory was moved from the centre of Hull to the
              outlying hamlet of Marfleet, the company provided new low rent                  Fenner Focus, the quarterly internal magazine, is distributed to
              housing for employees and records show that the company was                     employees worldwide, and assists in keeping them informed of
              amongst the first locally to have a pension scheme, time-keeping                Group performance and developments, health and safety issues,
              and service bonuses and holidays with pay.                                      work in the community and long service awards. At a local level,
                                                                                              all Group companies communicate regularly with employees
              Today, with over 4000 employees, the Group’s success is                         through staff meetings, management walkabouts, newsletters,
              founded upon a stable, technically-skilled, innovative and                      consultative councils, suggestion schemes, electronic
              committed workforce worldwide. As an equal opportunities                        messaging and social events.
              employer, the Company believes in treating all employees with
              dignity and respect; does not tolerate harassment, discrimination               Keeping shareholders fully informed and up-to-date is a vital
              or bullying; and is committed to progression based on merit.                    aspect of the communications effort. Regular update meetings
              Employment policies are designed to meet local conditions and                   are held with institutional shareholders and client brokers
              requirements and are based on the best practices of each                        together with the publication of annual and half-year reports. The
              country.                                                                        Group’s website provides comprehensive investor relations
                                                                                              information, analyst presentations, current share price and
                                                                                              financial performance.

               Top row, Fenner PLC Board, left to right: Colin Cooke, Chairman; Mark Abrahams, Chief Executive
               Officer; Richard Perry, Group Finance Director; David Buttfield, Senior Independent Director;
               David Campbell, Non-Executive Director; Alan Wood, Non-Executive Director; John Sheldrick,
               Non-Executive Director. In 2011 Colin Cooke retires as Chairman of Fenner PLC after almost
               18 years with the Company. Mark Abrahams will move from Chief Executive to Chairman and                 Fenner has always recognised and rewarded
               Nick Hobson will become the new Chief Executive.                                                        long serving employees. Today there are over
                                                                                                                       750 employees worldwide with 15 or more
               1 Executive Committee, seated, left to right: Debra Bradbury, Company Secretary;
                                                                                                                       years of service, many of whom have been
                 Mark Abrahams; Richard Perry. Standing, left to right: John Pratt, Executive Director,
                                                                                                                       with the Company for 30-40 years. Annual
                 Conveyor Belting Division; David Jones, Divisional Managing Director, Fenner Advance Sealing
                                                                                                                       long service functions are held at all Group
                 Technologies; Nicholas Hobson, Divisional Managing Director, Precision Polymers;
                                                                                                                       companies when employees are presented
                 Richard Morello, Director, Corporate Development; David Landgren, Executive Director
                                                                                                                       with certificates and gifts, some of which are
                 Americas/Australia, Conveyor Belting Division.
                                                                                                                       featured opposite.
               2 Fenner South Africa helps to educate employees with and Adult Basic Education and Training
                 scheme. The scheme is available to adults and aims to provide basic learning tools,
                 knowledge and skills and provides participants with nationally recognised qualifications.

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                      This brochure was researched, written, designed and produced by Fenner Group Publicity.

                      Sources of reference included archive documents, historical publications, house journals,
                                             newsletters and company product literature.

                     Fenner, Fenner Drives, Fenner Precision, Fenner Conveyor Services, Hallite, James Dawson,
                        Classic Conveyor Components, Scandura, Georgia Duck, Apex, Efson, Enerka, B-LOC,
                           Dynaflight, Eagle and Fenaplast are Registered Trademarks of the Fenner Group.

                                Prodesco, Secant, CDI and MRI are Trademarks of the Fenner Group.

                                                   Dunlop is used under licence.

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