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For Immediate Release December 11, 2013

Contact: Patricia Vauzelle

mediaeurope@gates.com

VQE Awards to Gates European plants

The Gates Legnica plant (Poland) will be the second Gates European plant to be awarded as Volvo Quality Excellence (VQE) Supplier. This year’s ceremony takes place on December 12th in the Volvohallen in Gotheborg. The Polish plant produces the mixing compound for all European plants and a broad range of V- and synchronous belts for industrial and automotive applications.  Next to the SBDS (Synchronous Belt Drive System) PowerGrip® Kits, also ABDS (Accessory Belt Drive Systems) Micro-V® Kits are also assembled there since a few months. In line with all European Gates plants, Gates Polska and its kit facility are a fully certified quality operation (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001).

In 2012 the Gates Balsareny plant (Spain) had been awarded the Volvo VQE award, being chosen as Benchmark Supplier on Lean Manufacturing & Continuous Improvement. During the opening speech of the award ceremony, Volvo’s Senior Management had mentioned Gates as a benchmark company for lean sustainable implementation and passion for quality. Amongst other advanced belting products, the new multi-ribbed belt Micro-V® Horizon™ is manufactured in the Spanish plant.

Most important pre-requisites for the Volvo Car Quality Excellence Award are the environmental certification according to ISO 14001 and quality certification pursuant to ISO TS 16949 and the fundamental requirements include quality performance, delivery performance, manufacturing processes, quality assurance of suppliers, working environment and the monitoring of suppliers.