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Europe: Cambridge Engineered Solutions expands overseas, receives halal certification for products

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Cambridge Engineered Solutions says it has added new representatives in five countries to sell and service its metal conveyor belts, filtration and wire cloth products.

“Europe has always been a strong market for Cambridge belts, but the opportunity to expand into Russia and the Middle East, both within and beyond our current markets, is an important step in our international growth plan,” says president and CEO Tracy Tyler.

Cambridge partnered with Polymer to serve as the company’s exclusive representative in Russia.

SCI Trading will represent the company in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. Cambridge now has 20 representatives: nine in Europe, Asia and Africa and 11 in Latin America (Mexico, Central/South America and the Caribbean).

The company designs and fabricates metal conveyor belts for companies around the world in food processing (baking, beverage, meat, poultry and snack foods), agriculture, packaging and industrial manufacturing (automotive, building products, carpeting, chemicals, electronics, glass, high temperature environments, protein and solar energy).

In July 30, 2014, Cambridge says its products have been certified halal by US-based Islamic Services of America (ISA).

The designation by the independent certification organization provides food processors – and ultimately consumers – assurance that nothing haram (forbidden) was used during food preparation, cooking, cooling or packaging.

“For the more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, halal certification tells consumers that the meat, poultry, baked goods and other foods they eat were prepared according to Islamic dietary guidelines,” said Tyler.

“Unfortunately, most food processors don’t realize that metal conveyor belts are traditionally manufactured with animal byproduct lubricants, most commonly pork fat, and therefore not permissible.”

Cambridge says it uses 100% synthetic products in belt manufacturing.

The company voluntarily sought halal certification to guarantee its food industry customers that their conveyor belts – an integral part food processing – were compliant with Islamic dietary law.