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February, 2003


New Director of Factory Operations of the Gates Power Transmission plant in Nevers

Gates has announced the appointment of Christian Encrenaz as Director of Factory Operations of the Gates Power Transmission plant in Nevers, France.  This product dedicated plant is specialised in the production of drive belts for industrial applications.  

EncrenazChristian Encrenaz, a French native, graduated as an engineer from the Ecole Supérieure d’optique in Orsay, France.  He worked several years as a Research and Development engineer in the field of airborne equipment and automatic inspection machines.  During the last 12 years he was employed with Corning S.A. in France, in senior management positions, including the management of their French operation for 7 years.  

Encrenaz is “delighted to join a company which shares his values of quality, customer satisfaction and people development”. 

The Gates Corporation, headquartered in Denver (USA), is a leading manufacturer of hi-tech rubber belts and hoses for industrial, hydraulic, agricultural and automotive applications.  Automotive manufacturing, transport, agriculture, mining, construction, office equipment, computer technology and food processing are the primary industries it serves.  In 1996 the Gates Corporation became part of the London-based financial group "Tomkins PLC", which employs 40,000 employees worldwide in more than 100 operating companies.  Tomkins Industrial and Automotive group includes the Gates Corporation, Stant, Trico and Schrader-Bridgeport, employing more than 23,000 people.