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The Gates Corp. Announces New Micro-V Aramid Belt

Gates announces a new high-performing, Aramid-cord EPDM serpentine belt that matches original equipment belts in construction and materials.

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DENVER, Colo. – The Automotive Aftermarket division of the Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial and automotive products is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Micro-V Aramid belt. The new Gates Micro-V Aramid belt is a high-strength, high-performing, OE equivalent for accessory drive belt drives on specific vehicles with demanding engines.
 
The new Micro-V Aramid belt features stronger-than-steel aramid cord in place of the more common polyester cord, the company says. This technology increases stability and rigidity in the belt, which reduces belt elongation and system vibrations. The belt is made of a patented EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber compound that resists cracking and keeps the entire system running at optimal functionality.
 
“Gates prides itself on evolving with the latest OE materials and construction,” said Tom Trojan, aftermarket product category manager. “The new Aramid belt utilizes the most recent OE technology to offer the most advanced serpentine belt on the market for our customers.”
 
Today’s engines are more demanding than older engines. Diesel and high-revving gasoline turbo engines utilize complicated accessory belt drive systems, requiring more tension and creating vibration throughout the system. This vibration, if not addressed with proper belt construction, will cause belt fluttering and tensioner oscillation resulting in belt noise, vibration throughout the vehicle and poor belt performance.
The Micro-V Aramid belt addresses these concerns and eliminates belt noise, vibration, and harshness because of the improved OE quality construction and materials.
 
The new belts are now available. Customers can contact their local Gates Sales Representative for more information.

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