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For Immediate Release September 12, 2006

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates offers complete product programme for Accessory Belt Drive Systems

Gates Micro-V® XF programme is the ideal solution for Accessory Belt Drive Systems (ABDS).  Next to Micro-V® XF multi-ribbed belts, DriveAlign® tensioners and Micro-V® XF multi-ribbed belt kits, Gates also provides the necessary technical support to ensure a reliable and long-lasting drive system.

Gates Micro-V® XF multi-ribbed belts are made in the same high-tech materials and construction as the OE belts and perfectly meet OE demands.  These high-quality belts provide a superior product line for all applications and offer a perfect fit and the largest market coverage.  The size-based numbering system makes it easy to determine the right belt for the application.

Gates is a world-leading OE manufacturer for automatic tensioners.  This tradition of quality and know-how enables Gates to supply the aftermarket with OE equivalent DriveAlign® tensioners for accessory belt drive systems.  Gates belt tensioners guarantee performance that is equal to or better than the original.  Their durable design ensures long product lifetimes.

With the new Micro-V® XF multi-ribbed belt kits, Gates offers the aftermarket all components for a complete overhaul of the accessory drive in one box.  There is no need to order loose parts any more: the metal components and multi-ribbed belts come in one package, fit for the application.

As a specialist in belt drive systems, Gates knows how vital accurate installation is for the functioning of the drive.  To make correct belt drive maintenance easier, Gates offers several practical tools: the STT-1 sonic belt tension tester, the DriveAlign™ laser alignment tool, the Dr. Gates professional tool kit and a new line of universal and engine-specific tool kits.  Gates has also recently launched a new Pan-European team responsible for Technical Support and Training.  One of the objectives is to increase awareness about the benefits of thorough drive system inspections and complete system overhauls as part of every scheduled accessory or synchronous belt change.

In a nutshell:

Gates’ extensive range of quality products and tools for accessory belt drive systems:

·         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.

·         DriveAlign® tensioners – OE-quality automatic tensioners that guarantee a unique sealing and include 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 as well as PowerGrip® timing 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

·         Universal and engine-specific tool kits – The ideal solution for every professional automotive technician.