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February, 2003


New Vice President Gates Fluid Power Division

Erembodegem - Gates has announced the appointment of François Hincker as Vice President, Fluid Power Division Europe.  He will be responsible for the manufacturing, sales and marketing of all Gates hydraulic hose and connector products in Europe. Gates Fluid Power division operations include  manufacturing facilities, dedicated distribution centres and customer service centres in St. Neots, UK; Erembodegem, Belgium; Meyzieu, France. Mr Hincker will be located in Gates European Headquarters in Erembodegem, Belgium.   

HinckerFrançois Hincker, a French native, graduated as a Chemistry Engineer from the University of Bordeaux, France in 1985.  He also obtained an MBA equivalent from the Institut Français de Gestion, France in 1994.  Mr Hincker comes to Gates with sixteen years experience working for Ciba-Geigy/Hexcel Corporation, where he was holding various positions in Manufacturing, Engineering and General Management, in France, UK and the US. 

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.