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October, 2001


GATES OPENS A NEW BELT MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN LEGNICA (POLAND)

Erembodegem (Belgium)¾Gates opened a new production facility in Legnica in the South-West of Poland.  The official ceremony took place on September 26 and was attended by the Head of the Lower Silezia Parliament, Jan Waszkiewicz;  HM Ambasador to Poland the Honourable Michael Aidan Pakenham CMG; the Chief Operating Officer of Tomkins Plc, David Snowdon; and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gates Group of Companies, Jim Wiggins. 

In order to locally supply its OE customers Poland Factory
in Eastern Europe and to meet growing
demand in that region, Gates Power Transmission Division built a new production facility in Poland. The new factory represents an investment of 30 Mio. US$.   The 15,000 m2 plant is built on a 5.5 ha site in Legnica – South West Poland. Construction of the plant was completed in less than a year. The site consists of a receiving area, a manufacturing area, a warehouse and offices.

Gates Polska Sp.z o.o. is a full organisation with all functions represented: Information Technology, Logistics, Production, Technical, Quality, Finance and Human Resources.  Gates Polska Sp.z o.o. is headed by Dariusz  Kwiecinski, Director of Factory Operations, who is a member of the Power Transmission Division Management team and works in close cooperation with the other European team members.  Contact Gates Polska Sp.z o.o. Ul. Jaworzyñska 301 PL – 59-220 Legnica, Tl : (48) 76 / 855 10 00, Fx : (48) 76 / 855 10 01.

At the inauguration in September 2001, the factory employed 130 associates.  At full capacity employment can reach more than 250.  All associates are specialists in their field and enjoyed intensive training.  Some associates travelled to the US, Scotland, Spain, France or Germany to get specific on-the-job training.

The first belt was produced in April 2001. The factory manufactures synchronous belts, V-belts and multi-ribbed belts.  Gates Polska’s belt production will be marketed and sold through Gates’ European Sales Organisation.  For more information, please consult www.gates.com/europe. 

 The Gates Group of Companies manufactures belts, wiper blades, caps, thermostats, hose and hydraulic products for automotive and industrial applications and supplies all major OEMs around the world.  Gates’ European belt production facilities are located in Belgium, Germany, France, UK and Spain.  The Gates Group of Companies is part of the Industrial and Automotive Group of Tomkins Plc.

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