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July, 2000

Uiker Ag, a Gates Distributor steady as a rock

Mr Aldo Corrieri, President of Uiker, has every reason to toast at this special anniversary party of his flourishing company.

Volker Kettelhake (left), Gates Sales Director PT Unit Europe, clearly enjoys speaking at the party celebrating 40 years of co-operation with Uiker, one of Gates' top P.T. Distributors.

March 23, 2000 meant party time at Uiker' s, a renowned Gates P.T. Distributor in Switzerland. Together with Volker Kettelhake, Sales Director, Urs Blöchlinger and Andreas Klaffner, Sales Managers at Gates, people at Uiker' s celebrated 40 years of co-operation with Gates. A special award to commemorate this long and fruitful relationship was handed over to Aldo Corrieri, President of Uiker Ag.

Uiker: a success story

The Uiker company was established in 1946 by Rudolf Uiker-Balmelli. The business flourished and in 1958 the company was divided into Rud. Uiker, specialised in ball and roller bearings, and Rud. Uiker AG, focusing on other drive design elements. The business relationship with Gates started exactly one year later when Rudolf Uiker ordered Gates variator belts, which were installed in the variators Uiker produced under the Reeves licence. These first belts were supplied via Laesser, another well-known Gates acquaintance, if we may say so. Two years later in 1961 Rudolf Uiker signed a contract with the US Rubber Company for the distribution of timing belts in Switzerland.

Uiker was one of the first five Gates Distributors in Europe next to Walther Flender and Domange, who are still highly valued Gates customers. In 1978 Aldo Corrieri assumed the presidency of both companies. Uiker grew and has become a very solid partner in the industry and one of the top ten Gates Distributors throughout Europe.


Corner-stones of the success

For more than 50 years now Uiker has expanded steadily. The company s growth proves that Uiker' s motto, "We wish to excel on the market by our quality, focus on partnership and continuously improve established values" is no empty talk.

Put into practice it means that Uiker offers effective solutions to drive design problems thanks to the synergy between its own high-quality roller bearing production and the drive design systems supplied by leading power transmission companies. In addition, they guarantee a fast product supply at all times thanks to a comprehensive stock of different makes in the most popular sizes. When it comes to belts, Uiker carries Gates' synchronous belt range and manufactures PowerGrip® GT and Poly Chain® GT sprockets under Gates license. An Uiker speciality is the manufacture of sprockets with diameters from 6 mm to 780 mm meeting all possible customers' wishes. A comprehensive range of bushes, reduction drives, flexible couplings (by Gates), brakes and bearings completes the product offerings.

In his speech Volker Kettelhake said he hoped that one day Uiker and Gates would celebrate 80 years of co-operation. "Though the tenors of today' s business life will by then be retired", so he added.