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For Immediate Release November 22, 2004

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates at MechanEx 2004 in Sandown (UK)

Gates embarks on the next phase of a campaign that promotes the tightening up of timing belt installation procedures with an appearance, at MechanEx, Sandown (UK).

"Garages need to think carefully about introducing a quality control procedure when it comes to the scheduled belt replacement," says Iain Mitchell, technical training manager for UK and Scandinvia. "That will be our message tomorrow(Tuesday 23 November) and the day after," he adds.

Practical demonstrations will be accompanied by the opportunity for technicians to see new products, learn more about the value of installing complete fitting kits, as well as trying out tools such as the STT-1 tension tester and key elements from the Dr.Gates drive system maintenance kit.

"Tools like the STT-1 should be at the centre of a local quality control procedure that once introduced could help protect the reputation of a garage in the unlikely event of a premature timing belt failure," he adds.

"We are in the middle of a programme designed to increase awareness about timing belt and drive system fault diagnostic techniques at factor and garage level," says Philip Firth, regional sales manager for the UK. "We were driven to take part in this particular event by the number of people who attended the previous events at Manchester and Donnington and it's just one of the ways we will be delivering our message to garages over the next year."