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Cheap is expensive: Quality of conveyor belts

Invest in quality: Why cheap is often expensive with conveyor belts, read more about it in this blog.

Rabin Jiawan
Rabin Jiawan

Dec 01, 2023

In the world of industrial applications and production processes, conveyor belts play a crucial role. They are the backbone of efficient logistics and production. When choosing conveyor belts, many companies are tempted to go for the cheapest option. However, as the old saying goes, cheap is often expensive. In this blog, we explore why investing in quality when it comes to conveyor belts is a strategic choice.


Conveyor belts are used in various industries, from recycling and agriculture to the food and packaging industries. They ensure the smooth and efficient transfer of materials from one point to another. The reliability and durability of conveyor belts are therefore crucial for a company's productivity and profitability.



While it is tempting to cut costs and opt for cheaper conveyor belts, this choice can prove costly in the long run. Cheap conveyor belts often have a shorter lifespan and are less resistant to wear and heavy loads. This leads to frequent replacements, downtime and lost production, which can quickly wipe out the initial savings. The difference of cost in a conveyor has to do with several crucial elements such as: The quality of raw materials used, the efficiency of the production process and the design specifications of the manufactured conveyor belt.

It is essential to thoroughly consider the full cost picture, including maintenance, repairs and loss of crucial production time due to damage or downtime, before selecting the most suitable conveyor belt.


Every time a conveyor belt fails, it results in costly lost production time. Cheaper conveyor belts often have a shorter lifespan and are more prone to breakdowns, which can result in unplanned downtime. High-quality conveyor belts minimise the risk of failure, ensuring continuity of production processes.


Investing in quality conveyor belts pays off in several ways. First, high-quality conveyor belts generally have a longer lifespan. They are designed to withstand heavy use and extreme conditions, reducing the frequency of replacements.

In addition, high-quality conveyor belts lead to increased operational efficiency. They perform better in terms of speed, accuracy and reliability. This translates directly into improved productivity and lower operating costs in the long run.



Quality conveyor belts often comply with strict safety and environmental standards. Not only is this essential to comply with regulations, but it also contributes to a safe working environment and a positive image of the company in terms of sustainability.


When considering conveyor belts, it is crucial to look beyond the initial cost. Cheap is often expensive, and investing in quality pays off in the long run. High-quality conveyor belts offer not only durability and reliability, but also operational efficiency and compliance with safety and environmental standards. So making the right choice in conveyor belts is not only an investment in operational processes, but also in the company's success and reputation.

We supply conveyor belts based on quality and durability. You can also come to us for advice, which conveyor belt is suitable for your production process or for your machine. Or about, for example, the correct assembly and loading of conveyor belts.

Do you have questions about this or other questions about conveyor belts? Please contact us, our specialists are at your service.

Rabin Jiawan

Rabin is Technical Accountmanager at LBS.

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