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For Immediate Release September 1, 2005

Contact: Nele Cools

nelec@gates.com

Gates launches new Micro-V® XF multi-ribbed belt range

Dumfries - Gates announces the launch of the new Micro-V® XF belt range.  With this advanced multi-ribbed belt programme, Gates offers the aftermarket access to the latest OE technologies.  The extensive Micro-V® XF range offers a perfect fit for every car.

“Our close co-operation with car manufacturers world-wide has made us a leader in design and manufacturing methods of multi-ribbed belts”, says Philip Firth, Regional Sales Manager Gates UK & Eire.  “And we are very proud to share the latest advancements today to the European aftermarket with the Micro-V® XF belt line”, Philip Firth continues. The Micro-V® XF belts are made in the same high-tech materials and construction as the OE belts.  They are designed for optimum performance on modern cars.  

Introduced as a running change, the expanded range offers complete coverage of the car park.  A new, size-based numbering system makes it easy to determine the right belt for the application. 

A complete overview of the Micro-V® XF belt line, together with maintenance tips and a troubleshooting guide can be found on www.gates.com/europe/XF

Note

As a system supplier, Gates offers an extensive range of quality products and tools for accessory belt drives. 

·          Micro-V® XF belts – Newly engineered for today’s complex engines

·          Micro-V® XF Kits – A kit containing a Micro-V® XF belt and all metal components (tensioners/idlers) necessary for a complete overhaul.  Each kit is specifically composed for its application(s) and contains high-quality products -- coming soon -- 

·          DriveAlign® tensioners – OE-quality automatic tensioners that include a unique sealing, a life-extending damping mechanism and a patented round spring design

·          DriveAlign® idlers – OE-quality idlers to complete the drive system overhaul

·          Sonic belt tension tester STT-1 – A practical and accurate tool to check the tension of Micro-V® XF multi-ribbed belts

·          DriveAlign™ laser alignment tool – A lightweight and easy-to-use tool to identify the most common types of misalignment

·          Dr. Gates professional tool kit – A tool kit for the complete installation and maintenance of belt drive systems