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For Immediate Release September 17, 2004

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates extends Extra Service systems solutions

-- extensive spare parts range for trucks, buses and tractors --

Langenfeld - Responding to the highly demanding working conditions of vans, trucks, buses and tractors, Gates is continuously expanding its range of specific heavy duty products. In line with Gates’ system approach, the heavy duty programme under the Extra Service label introduces DriveAlign®  tensioners for use on the belt drive system in heavy duty applications. The tensioners carry on Gates’ tradition of OE quality and excellent performance.

The Gates heavy duty programme under the Gates Extra Service label includes belts (V-belts and Micro-V®-belts), hoses, hose clamps and fuel caps for trucks, buses and tractors. The programme is now being expanded with Extra Service DriveAlign® tensioners that will soon be available.  The DriveAlign® tensioners feature a damping mechanism and a round spring design that ensures maximum strength and durability. 

Recognising the demands of heavy duty / commercial vehicles, Gates is continuously expanding its specific Extra Service programme. “We have identified our strengths and are concentrating on what the customers need,” explains Chris Arnold, Business Development Manager for the European Aftermarket.  “We are looking at installer needs and letting that drive our approach”, he continues.

Gates Extra Service programme is specially designed for trouble-free and long-lasting service in the demanding working conditions of commercial vehicles.  The products in this range are built to original equipment quality and offer excellent performance.  Following Gates’ system approach, the programme provides customers with products for belt drive systems, cooling systems and fuel systems.