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    In 1917, John Gates revolutionized industrial machinery with the world’s first rubber V-Belt, and began the legacy of advanced design that defines The Gates Corporation. In 1945, Gates invented the first toothed timing belt, known as the synchronous belt. In 1979, we created the serpentine belt that changed automotive transmission as we know it. Continuous innovation isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are. Trust the leaders in research, design, material science, and the manufacturing of the best power transmission solutions in the world - only with Gates.