Sanderson helps reduce downtime for Rulmeca customers

The client

Rulmeca Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of bulk rollers and motorised pulleys for heavy duty belt conveyors, often used in quarries and mining applications, or in the steel industry. From their Northamptonshire facility, subsidiary Rulmeca UK Ltd designs and manufactures purpose-built solutions primarily for the domestic marketplace, with an ethos based on precision, versatility and meeting the highest UK and European quality standards. Their manufacturing facility has a complete assembly and service capability to back up their group production of rollers and drives.

The relationship between Stephen Sanderson Transport and Rulmeca UK reaches way back to the 1980’s, when Rulmeca was seeking a sole end-to-end logistics partner to join them in their journey of growth. Sanderson began supporting the distribution of full load deliveries to OEM’s, quarries and sites across the country including Tata Steel and British Steel, and over the years our partnership has developed into one of mutual benefit, fuelling growth for both companies.


  • Rulmeca UK Ltd designs and manufactures purpose-built solutions for heavy-duty belt conveyors, used in quarries and mining applications.

  • Since the 1980’s, Sanderson Transport has provided a complete end-to-end logistic solution.

  • We’ve adapted our services to keep pace with Rulmeca’s changing needs, increasingly supporting its growth in providing speedy distribution of service parts and smaller consignments.

  • The imperative has been supporting a fast turnaround, helping Rulmeca to minimise downtime for its customers.

  • Our willingness to adapt and upscale, combined with our membership of the national Palletline network has supported Rulmeca’s ability to deliver.

The challenge

Speed and reliability:

Rulmeca’s core service is geared to fast turnaround, enabling them to support customers in the crucial imperatives of maximising speed and efficiency, and minimising downtime. The increasing demands of conveyors over the years has meant that a reliable, energy-efficient conveyor system is a vital part of any processing or distribution business.


Over the years, many of Rulmeca’s consignments have become smaller but more frequent, to include conveyor accessories and service parts. At the same time, there is a need to transport difficult-to-handle part and full loads with precision and care.

Rulmeca needed a partner that could adapt its service to handle both: A national network to supply an alternative solution to full loads, offering flexibility and speed. Plus, the heavyweight capability and experience to design bespoke solutions for awkward loads.

The solution

The difference

For over forty years, Sanderson Transport has adapted and grown alongside us. Thanks to their commitment to our business, their attention to detail, and willingness to change, they’ve helped solve every challenge of growth. We trust that they will not just deliver, but most importantly, deliver with precision and efficiency. They’re ready to invest time in designing complete end-to-end logistics solutions for the most challenging of loads or schedules. And they’re ready to respond fast, showing how versatile they can be, and helping us to support our clients with the parts they need to get their business moving again with minimum disruption.

To learn more about Rulmeca and their inspiring journey, take a look this news story: Smooth operators: Sanderson supports nationwide distribution for global conveyor giant Rulmeca.