With materials science advancements, design expertise and advanced processing technologies, Gates is continually engineering products that meet and exceed the growing needs and diverse challenges of customers. Gates’ eco-innovation aims to reduce the negative environmental impacts of our products and end-user applications, while delivering improved performance and extended product life.
"From concept to production, every day I see Gates engineers researching ways to improve the sustainable nature of our products. They are eliminating environmentally harmful chemicals from the product composition, and they are exploring novel approaches to design and processing to minimize energy consumption in our factories. Luckily, their focus doesn’t stop at the walls of our factories! Engineers are also increasing product safety and quality to extend the customer use phase of our product’s lifecycles."
- Cindy Cookson, Vice President
Global Product Line Management - Hydraulics
Gates continually evaluates the use of alternative materials and supply chains to enhance product design, and strengthen product and business resilience through innovation. Our global materials database tracks the use of chemicals across all operations. It allows us to identify the use of specific materials of concern and make substitutions wherever feasible. Since 2017, chemical management has helped us to use more sustainable materials in our products and operations.
Consideration of people and planet plays an important role in the Gates product lifecycle. Our engineers are focused on process improvements and innovations to minimize environmental impact from cradle-to-grave, beginning with material selection in the design process, through product manufacturing, customer use and end-of-life.