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July, 2002

Two ISO certifications in one for Gent DC

Erembodegem - The Gates Distribution Center in Gent, Belgium has received certification for both ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, making it the first Gates Distribution Centre to obtain the ISO 14001 certification. 

Gates ISO 14001 certified plants are audited biannually by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd., the leading international certifications body that assesses quality management systems at Gates facilities.

“The double certification for the Gent Distribution Center is a significant achievement,” said Peter Verdonckt, newly promoted Manager of Automotive Aftermarket Distribution Logistics for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, who oversaw the project from beginning to end.  Tom W. Perrault, Vice President, Aftermarket & Logistics added, “this was a total team effort and could not have been accomplished without the effort and commitment of each and every Gates associate at the Gent D.C.”

To celebrate their achievement, all Gates associates at the Distribution Center and their families gathered for a barbecue on June 8.  Along with a guided tour of the center, employees also enjoyed a barbecue and entertainment. 

Gates is a world-leading manufacturer of belts and hoses for automotive, industrial and hydraulic applications.  The European headquarters of The Gates Rubber Company are located in Erembodegem, Belgium.  Plants, distribution centres and sales facilities are spread all over Europe. 

Many companies are familiar with the 9000 series of international standards dealing with quality systems.  The ISO 14001 series of international standards was developed to incorporate environmental aspects into operations and product standards.   The ISO 14001 standard establishes a coordinated framework of controls to manage environmental protection.  It also covers a wide range of environmental protection issues and topics, including environmental performance evaluation and auditing.

To achieve this extremely demanding environmental manufacturing standard, companies must demonstrate: 

-          An organization with well-defined procedures for handling environmental issues
-          Clearly defined areas of responsibility and a framework for setting up and reviewing environmental objectives
-          Awareness of environmental aspects and impacts
-          A clear improvement plan with priority to take actions aimed at reducing environmental impact
-          A published policy of continuous improvement on environmental matters