Gerard Karpik Joins Gates Corporation's CVT Group

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The champion Cross Country/Snow-X racer joins the CVT systems development group in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

When Gates approached me about their program and the strides and commitments they’ve made to become a 'hard components' supplier to the world markets utilizing CVTs, it intrigued me.

Gates Corporation, a world leader in CVT belts with 100 years of manufacturing success, today announced the addition of champion Cross Country/Snow-X racer Gerard Karpik to its CVT systems development group in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Gates Director of Global CVT Systems David Hanes stated: “Gates is aggressively entering the hardware side of power transmissions with the introduction of our complete Gates CVT System featuring proprietary drive and driven clutch technologies. Gerard’s extensive experience in recreation vehicle design and application will enable Gates to continue pursuing growth in new and emerging markets. As a long time user of Gates products, he racked up thousands of miles doing durability and race testing for Gates drive belts as Bombardier’s champion in-house racer. Later he co-founded his family’s business, and they are credited with starting a suspension revolution in snowmobiling by developing a coupled long travel suspension technology and other patented forward looking chassis and suspension designs. His company has assisted in racing and product development for great companies like Bombardier, Polaris and Yamaha. Coupling his knowledge and experience with our team’s commitment to building the very best in drive-train technology will ultimately fast-track our products to world-class OEMs. This is a great match-up of experience, product and company. We’re excited to have him on our team.”

Karpik stated: “Over the years I’ve had some good offers to work with R&D groups of differing OEMs and suppliers. Knowing more work was needed to advance my own company TeamFAST, I had to pass on these offers. When Gates approached me about their program and the strides and commitments they’ve made to become a 'hard components' supplier to the world markets utilizing CVTs, it intrigued me. With the knowledge that right now TeamFAST has its best line of suspension products ever in the M-20™ Platform and the experienced team to keep advancing them, I could consider joining Gates. There’s no group more knowledgeable, nor a company more committed to power delivery through CVTs than Gates. As an ongoing business owner, product developer, and marketer the opportunities here at Gates have me energized and engaged.”

For more information, contact Mari Jane Panek at 303.744.4533 or mjpanek(at)gates(dot)com.

About Gates Corporation
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Gates Corporation (gates.com) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of services, systems and components for power transmission and fluid transfer applications with operations in 30 countries. Gates maintains sales and marketing operations in every major industrial and automotive market, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Gates is part of the Industrial & Automotive group of Tomkins Ltd., which is owned by a consortium comprising Onex Corporation and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Tomkins enjoys strong market positions and technical leadership across all of its business activities and owns some of the best-known brands in their respective markets.

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