DENVER, Colo., May 2, 2017 – Gates Corporation, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, announced its latest generation of multi-ribbed belts for accessory belt drive systems. Scheduled for roll-out in the second quarter of this year, these products are another example of where Gates provides original equipment (OE) quality products in the EMEA automotive aftermarket.
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of power transmission belts and metal parts, Gates works closely with every major vehicle manufacturer. The OE range continues to be the benchmark for all aftermarket products and the new generation of Micro-V belts represents a natural evolution from that range.
New Micro-V multi-ribbed belt family of four
OE materials and technologies
The proprietary EPDM rubber compounds used to manufacture Gates OE belts were instrumental in achieving greater crack-resistance and reliability under the most extreme temperature variations. Gates uses the same compounds and the same OE design technologies in the construction of the latest generation of Micro-V belts. Furthermore, Gates’ advanced tensile cord materials provide OE levels of strength and durability.
Gates Micro-V belts are designed to meet the specifications for a wide range of different engine requirements. These differences can be reflected in alternative pulley sizes and positions, an absence of tensioners, or the use of double-sided belts.
In a move that sets Gates apart from any other belt manufacturer, Gates has used distinctive branding - on the sleeves and belt labels - to highlight four different types of multi-ribbed belts that cover the widest variety of replacement applications including:
› All-rounder (ideal for 90% of European car parc applications)
› Stretch Fit (perfect for applications with stretch-type belts without tensioners)
› Stop&Start (especially designed for belt-driven stop-start systems)
› Unique Fit (for systems with sensitive layouts)
This broad product portfolio and user-friendly product branding will help to confirm correct part selection and increase installer awareness about the alternative fitting techniques involved.
Parts ordering and selection
Gates has taken care to ensure this latest generation of Micro-V belts can be ordered and integrated into existing stocks with ease by leaving part numbers unchanged.
For every vehicle application, Gates’ online catalogue (www.gatesautocat.com) helps users select the appropriate belt from this family of products to provide peace-of-mind to parts distributors and their installer customers.
At launch, the latest generation of Gates Micro-V multi-ribbed belts delivers coverage to more than 98% of the market. This confirms that Gates has a solution for most applications and demonstrates why Gates Micro-V is the first choice for OE replacement.
For more information contact:
Loes Mills, Mills Advertising B.V.
Manon van Erp, Mills Advertising B.V.