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April, 2004

New Sales & Marketing Director for Gates Hose & Connectors Europe

St. Neots - Gates Hose & Connectors Europe has announced the appointment of Dick Kuypers as Sales & Marketing Director.  Mr. Kuypers will be located in Gates Hose & Connectors’ facility in St. Neots, UK.    

KuypersMr. Kuypers, a Belgian native, comes to Gates at the peak of an impressive career with General Motors, Thomson Industries Inc., Danaher and Advanced Products where he held several prominent positions in international sales and marketing.  He also played an important role in the early days of the European Power Transmission Distributor Association, as Vice-Chairman of the Manufacturer’s Council.  

Upon his appointment, Mr. Kuypers commented on the company’s prospects in Europe: “Gates state-of-the-art product technologies offer tremendous opportunities for growth in the European arena.  We are already the technology leader in the field and with the increasing environmental demands and legislation for hydraulic systems in Europe, I see Gates making more headway into this market, both in the OEM and the General Industrial markets.”

Gates Hose & Connectors Europe sells to OEM and aftermarket customers in more than 20 countries across the European continent and has manufacturing facilities, dedicated distribution centres and customer service centres in the UK, Belgium and France.