The Gates Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fluid power products and power transmission belts.
It was founded by Charles Gates in 1911. In the first several years of the company’s existence, it exclusively produced leather products for motorists.
In 1917, Charles decided to stop manufacturing products out of leather and focus on rubber instead.
This decision helped turn the corporation into what it is today. The same year, Charles’ brother John Gates invented the first V-belt.
Although the V-belt is now regarded as the most common solution for power transmission, this was a monumental product in 1917 that solved the slippage and alignment problem.
The headquarters of the Gates Corporation is still located in Denver, more than 110 years since the company was established.
Two production teams of the Gates Corporation are tasked with making auto parts the company is best known for.
The first team focuses mainly on the production of drive belts, while the second produces rubber auto hoses. The company currently supplies the markets of 30 countries across the globe.
Some of the most notable products developed and manufactured by the Gates Corporation include water pumps, power transmission kits, hoses, automotive accessories, wiper components, belts, and fluid power tools.
Gates supplies its products to many auto manufacturers, such as Honda, BMW, Ford, Toyota, Ferrari, and many more.
The Gates Corporation has more than 14,000 employees. It has manufacturing and sales operations in various parts of the world, including North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.