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For Immediate Release September 20, 2004

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Striking presence from Gates at Automechanika 2004

Dumfries - From 14 to 19 September, Gates was again present at Automechanika in Frankfurt - Germany.  Product enquiries and general interest from parts distributors worldwide exceeded all pre-show expectations at the Gates stand, in Hall 2.0 Stand C 97.

At the stand Gates exhibited its extended automotive product range, with focus on the Dr. Gates – professional tool kit for belt drive systems.  Moreover, Gates chose Automechanika to highlight the company’s recent evolution from a supplier of separate products into a provider of complete systems.  The recent line extensions are to be seen in that perspective.  In the “belts and drive systems” range for example, Gates recently launched DriveAlign® tensioners for accessory belt drive systems.  

"Distributors and jobbers were not only interested in Gates' traditional products, such as belts, hoses and kits, but were also very keen on the new product ranges, including tensioners, thermostats and hose clamps", says Malcolm Wall, General Sales Manager for UK, Eire, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia.  Garage mechanics from their side, showed a lot of interest in Dr. Gates and in the clamp extension of Gates fuel line merchandiser. 

Automechanika is more than just a Frankfurt-based exhibition: a large number of visitors came from outside Germany to the show.  "You expect to meet customers and prospective buyers from around the world at an international show like this, but we were delighted by the various enquiries from markets in Eastern Europe and the Middle and Far East which look very promising", Wall adds.