This large sand & gravel quarry operated by Aggregate Industries is adjacent to a 127 hectare (1.27 km2) biological site of special scientific interest. Part of it is also a very popular 60-hectare local nature reserve. In order to increase efficiency and expand production output, the owners agreed on a contract with conveyor specialists MES International. In return for building and maintaining the six field conveyors, MES is paid on a rate per ton basis. In order to maximize reliability, reduce unplanned stoppages for belt and splice repairs and replacements, MES replaced the low-grade imported belt supplied by a previous contractor with 1.8 km of 650mm wide single-ply Dunlop X3 belting.