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January, 2006

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Dumfries plant wins top export award

Dumfries - Gates Power Transmission’s Dumfries factory received end of 2005 an award from Enterprise Minister Nicol Stephen for its achievement in exporting products to some of the most prestigious names in the motorbike world. 

Part of a global UK-owned operation, Gates’ Dumfries plant employs over 400 and manufactures both rubber and polyurethane power transmission belts, exporting over 70 per cent of its products to more than 20 markets worldwide. It was honoured by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) at the organisation’s Gala Awards ceremony in Edinburgh for its achievements in exports.

The award was accepted by Gates Power Transmission Materials Flow Manager Douglas Learmont. He said: 

“This award underlines the ability of Companies in Scotland to compete on the world stage by offering excellence in products and services through embracing and implementing Lean and Agile Manufacturing Techniques and Principles.”

SCDI Chief Executive Alan Wilson said: 

“Companies in Scotland are constantly being urged to move up the value chain and bring new products to the global marketplace. By continuously investing and diversifying, Gates’ Dumfries plant already has a research and development centre generating a stream of innovative products for its factories around the world.

“The company has recently invested £6 million in new processes to produce belt drives for some of the most famous names in the motorbike world, including Harley Davidson and Yamaha. Major markets range from France and Germany, to Korea, Singapore and India, for both automotive and industrial applications.”

The SCDI Gala Awards, Scotland’s leading business awards dinner, were sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Diageo, Envirowise, Gillespie Macandrew and Pfizer. Seven hundred and fifty guests packed the Edinburgh International Conference Centre for this year’s Bollywood-themed event which was hosted by Jennie Bond, with entertainment from Dead Ringers impressionist Jon Culshaw.