DENVER (June 30)—Tomkins P.L.C. subsidiary, Gates Rubber, is building a 167,000-sq.-ft. power transmission belting plant in Legnica, Poland, to supply automotive and industrial original equipment manufacturers in Eastern Europe. The plant—on 15.5 acres—will produce synchronous and micro-V belts for automotive OEMs and industrial V-belts and is expected to start production by mid-2001. Construction of the plant heralds a restructuring of Gates´ European belting operations and will result in the cessation of belt production at the company´s Erembodegem, Belgium, plant by the end of 2002. The Belgian plant will continue to mix rubber for Gates´ European PT belt and hose manufacturing and may expand its mixing operations and hose manufacturing, Gates said. The restructuring should not affect other Gates European PT belting sites.
Gates to open power transmission belt plant in Poland
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