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Voor onmiddellijke vrijgave November 15, 2007

Contact: Kathy Brysse

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Together with eXponentia, Gates Automotive Aftermarket Europewins International Grands Prix Award for Innovation at Equip Auto.

And the winner is…
eXponentia, the service concept of Gates, SKF, Tenneco, TRW and Valeo, takes the Grands Prix Award for Automotive Innovation in the category ‘Services’ at the Equip Auto trade show in Paris. Gates has joined this alliance in January 2007. The ceremony was held on Monday October 15 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center and attended by the leading companies in the automotive replacement business.
 
The international Grands Prix Awards for Automotive Innovation are an initiative of the organisers of the EQUIP AUTO trade show in cooperation with the international trade press. The winners are selected by a jury of 82 journalists from 28 countries. Their aim is to select and reward the most innovative concepts, products and services presented by the exhibitors at EQUIP AUTO. In the category ‘Service’ the Gold Trophy has been awarded to eXponentia, Bosch received the Silver Trophy in that same category. Other categories were Engineering & Technology, Spare Parts & Aftermarket and Garage Equipment.
 
eXponentiais the service concept of the joined partnership Gates, SKF, Tenneco, TRW and Valeo. These 5 partners have combined their strengths to provide the independent aftermarket with technical know-how and support. The aim is to offer the mechanics of today a set of tools to improve their capabilities and competitive position in the market. By offering a range of training courses on vehicle systems and including the expertise of the five partners, eXponentia helps independent garages to understand complex technologies and receive in-depth training to help them cope with sophisticated automotive systems on the road today.  
 
eXponentia is already successful in a number of European countries including the UK, Italy, Poland, France and more recently Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. All markets have shown to be highly receptive for this initiative and give positive feedback. ‘But this recognition by the Aftermarket Industry and the international trade press, says Silvano Berardo, Project Leader of eXponentia, is a great incentive for eXponentia and its partners to further continue the set course with the same zest and zeal.’