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Voor onmiddellijke vrijgave October 22, 2007

Contact: Kathy Brysse

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates reports on successful presence at Equip Auto trade show

Presenting its broad quality product range for automotive applications to the international automotive aftermarket and focusing on technical added value through the partnership with eXponentia, Gates was in the right place at the right time at the International EQUIP AUTO 2007 trade show, held October 15 to 20 in Paris. Gates also had a reason to celebrate at EQUIP AUTO since together with the other partners of eXponentia they took the Grands Prix Award for Automotive Innovation in the category ‘Service’.
 
Gates was for the first time present at Equip Auto as a partner of eXponentia, the service concept offering technical training and know-how to independent garages. At the joint stand of 765 m2 in Hall 5, four of the partners presented their latest products and services. eXponentia and all its partners; Gates, SKF, Tenneco, TRW and Valeo could also count themselves among the winners of the ‘Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation’. These international Awards are an initiative of the organisers of the EQUIP AUTO trade show in cooperation with the international trade press. The winners are selected by a jury of 82 journalists from 28 countries. Their aim is to select and reward the most innovative concepts, products and services presented by the exhibitors at EQUIP AUTO. In the category ‘Service’ the Gold Trophy was awarded to eXponentia whilst Bosch received the Silver Trophy in that same category
 
Of particular interest on the Gates stand was the newly launched Unicoil product range. Unicoil is in fact a simple solution to bend any type of hose into the required shape. This problem solver is available in 7 diameters and compatible with the complete hose range of Gates. It is the perfect solution for quick repairs, customised engines, out-of-stock situations and one-of-a-kind routing problems.
 
Additionally Gates also presented for the first time its new Stretch Fit belt to the broad audience.  This type of belt is the solution for all new drive systems which are designed without tensioning devices. With this addition to the multi-ribbed belt range, Gates wants to offer the independent aftermarket yet another professional solution for the accessory belt drive system. The Stretch Fit™ multi-ribbed belts are revolutionary in the way that they are pretensioned over the pulleys, thus maintaining tension that is sufficient for efficient power transmission over a long period of time, yet low enough to allow for easy installation and to prevent component failure. Before installation the belt isshorter than the actual working length but once it is fitted it stretches and automatically adjusts to the right tension of the drive, hence the name Stretch Fit