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Blet Drives

Timken Completes Acquisition of Belts Business, Further Expanding Its Power Transmission Offering

The Timken Company Logo"We are excited to bring the belts business into The Timken Company. Belts are an integral part of our customers' power transmission systems and Carlstar has a long history of leadership in industrial belt manufacturing, technology and quality," said Richard G. Kyle, Timken president and chief executive officer. "Our work leading up to closing has only reinforced that we have acquired a strong business with a talented workforce."

The company expects the transaction to be accretive over the balance of 2015. For the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, Carlstar Belt sales were approximately $140 million.

The belts business further diversifies the company's portfolio beyond engineered bearings, bringing customers an expanded offering of premium mechanical power transmission products and services. In addition to belts, the Timken power transmission portfolio includes gearboxes, housed unit bearings, chain, couplings, lubrication systems and a variety of industrial services, which are marketed under well-known industrial brands including Timken®, Philadelphia Gear®, Drives® and Interlube.

"Our businesses are highly complementary, with Timken serving many of the same end-markets and customers," said John Vassilaros, who will continue to lead the belt business for Timken. "Our customers and our employees view the transaction positively, and we are pleased to be joining an industrial leader that will invest in our business and shares our passion for power transmission products."

Carlstar Belts, headquartered in Springfield, Mo., has approximately 750 employees and two U.S. manufacturing facilities. The product portfolio features more than 20,000 parts engineered for demanding applications and includes wrap molded, raw edge, v-ribbed and synchronous belt designs.

eBike drive system for eFlow

150323_e-flow_1The result of an OEM cooperation with individual Continental eBike drive system has been presented at the 28th Taipei Cycle Show end of March 2015. For the bicycle manufacturer eFlow with its European headquarter in Fürth, Germany (close to Nuremburg), its patented seat tube battery of the eBike model CM2 / CM2FS became part of the Continental eBike system. “Our battery concept integrated into the seat tube is a unique specialty of our eFlow eBike series”, says Bernd Adamski, directing manager of eFlow Europe GmbH. “We are glad about having a strong and competent partner like Continental that allows us the flexibility to remain our unique product feature.” The eFlow model will be launched in 2015 and will be distributed through bicycle dealers in the German, Swiss and Austrian market.

“The integration of a system-alien battery sounds relatively easy. But it is underlying an extensive development process”, explains Richard Hilgart, product manager of Continental’s product market segment Two-Wheeler, the challenges of system integrated solutions and ads: “Complex hardware and software adaptations were necessary to make both technologies compatible to each other. In this case, especially the battery management system had to be modified to enable the communication between eBike drive system and seat tube battery.”

The integration of the eFlow seat tube battery into the Continental eBike system bases on a close partnership and combines innovative technologies of both sides. Customized system solutions for OEM bicycle manufacturers include the individual hardware integration into the bicycle or eBike concept, the adaptation of the software for an optimized communication in-between all components as well as several design customization options. Also the tires are from Continental.

ContiTech to Present the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM at Eurobike

Powertransmissions - ContiTech to Present the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM at EurobikeContiTech will be presenting the CONTI® DRIVE System at booth 102 in hall B1 of Eurobike 2013 in Friedrichshafen from August 28 to 31. Developed in collaboration with Benchmark Drives, this drive technology employs a timing belt in place of the conventional chain on bicycles, pedelecs and e-bikes. For short trips in congested areas, e-bicycles offer a favorable alternative to the car – travel is quick, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly, and you no longer need to look for a parking spot.


The innovative CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM offers a number of advantages over chains: It works without oil, does not have to be retensioned, is maintenance-free, and will not ruin your trousers or get your hands dirty. The tooth profile sets it apart from other belt systems: Despite less pre-tensioning, there is no skipping of the teeth in the cogs, pedaling is easier, and the bearings do not rust as quickly. Delivery commences in the third quarter of 2013. Manufacturers can start placing orders as of September.

The CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM allows for various gear ratios. It is offered with different front and rear toothed pulleys and is also compatible with the gear hubs most widely offered by many manufacturers. This makes the timing belt drive equally suitable for long trekking tours and short runs in the city.


Source: Contitech

ContiTech Purchases Conveyor Belt Manufacturer – Strengthens Position in the USA

Powertransmissions - ContiTech Purchases Conveyor Belt Manufacturer – Strengthens Position in the USAConveyor Belt Group acquires Legg Company • New opportunities in the U.S. market • Own production facilities in the NAFTA region

ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group, Northeim, is expanding its North American business by acquiring the conveyor belt manufacturer Legg Company Inc. based in Halstead, Kansas. Founded in 1964, the company owns modern production facilities and employs approximately 100 people. Production focuses on conveyor belts for industrial applications – e.g. in cement plants, paper mills, the food processing industry, and storage warehouses – as well as special-purpose belts for agricultural machinery.

"This acquisition means that in the future we will have our own production facilities for agricultural and industrial belts in the USA as well as an established sales network in the USA and Canada," says Hans-Jürgen Duensing, head of the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group business unit. "This supports our expansion in the NAFTA region and supplements our production site in Mexico."

With this acquisition, ContiTech is widening its product range particularly in the fields of harvesters, straw cutters, silicone belts, flat belts, and – in particular – lightweight belts. Closing of the transaction took place on July 1, 2013. Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.


Source: Contitech

ContiTech: Timing Belts Drive Modern Engines

Powertransmissions - ContiTech Timing Belts Drive Modern Engines

Timing belts improve emission and noise properties • Complete range for the automotive aftermarket

Timing belts on the advance: European automakers are increasingly turning to timing belts again instead of chains to drive timing gear. “In terms of improving fuel efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions from internal combustion engines, belts offer significant advantages over chains,” declares Markus Pirsch, Head of the Automotive Aftermarket Marketing Service in the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. “Their importance will continue to grow in the aftermarket, too.” These advantages are also borne out by independent studies.

According to the independent engineering services provider FEV GmbH, a belt drive ensures lower fuel consumption than a chain drive and, as a result, cuts CO2 emissions. In a 1.6 l gasoline engine, for example, a belt drive reduces fuel consumption by more than one percent and saves up to 1.5 grams CO2 per kilometer. Timing belts are also lighter and run considerably more quietly. In addition, belts do almost not stretch. This is key advantage, since the timings change when the chain becomes longer. As a result, consumption rises and performance decreases. Emission limits are thus quickly exceeded.

In Europe many major automakers are now enjoying the benefits of timing belts in their engines. “The EcoBoost, Ford’s engine of the year, runs with belts, and timing belts can be found at Volkswagen and PSA as well,” says Pirsch. “In light of the rapid pace of technological development, it is all the more important for workshops to have the right products and the necessary know-how to hand.” New belts from ContiTech are therefore also available for the aftermarket shortly after they start to be fitted as original equipment in production vehicles.

The ContiTech Power Transmission Group offers an extensive range of timing belts and timing belt kits for the automotive aftermarket. At the start of the year 22 new timing belt kits plus water pump were introduced. Workshops can also get the appropriate tool for belt changing from ContiTech. The power transmission technology specialist’s training courses also ensure that automotive professionals are always fully conversant with the latest technology. The online PIC service (Product Information Center) provides detailed product information.


Source: Contitech

The Gates Corporation Releases New Aftermarket Parts

Powertransmissions - The Gates Corporation Releases New Aftermarket PartsDENVER, Colo. – The Gates Corporation, a global, diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive and heavy-duty aftermarket products, recently announced the addition of 128 new part numbers covering late model vehicles to its line of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality aftermarket products. The product release also includes the new PolarSeal® II Clamp Assortment and PolarSeal II Male Flareless Assemblies for A/C repair, and the DriveAlign® HD Tensioner for DD Series Engines.

Highlights of the Gates new number announcement include:

* 25 new coolant hose SKUs, bringing the total number available to 4,281
* 19 Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) assembly additions for a total of 27 SKUs
* Nine additional DriveAlign® tensioners/pulleys for a total of 522 SKUs
* 22 new GlobalSpiral™ high-pressure couplings for 132 total SKUs
* Nine new Micro-V AT®, Stretch Fit® and FleetRunner® belts totaling 1,534 SKUs
* 24 new Micro-V® Accessory Belt Drive Kits for import applications
* Eight new PolarSeal® Couplings
* Two new automotive and two new heavy-duty water pumps
* Two new Gates products facilitate easy A/C repair. The PolarSeal® II Clamp Assortment includes tools needed to make A/C barrier hose assemblies in the field or in the shop without heavy crimping equipment. With eight new compression fittings, Gates PolarSeal® II Male Flareless Assemblies cover a wide range of tube/hose assemblies, reducing multiple inventory needs. The assemblies allow for flexibility in A/C repair as they can be mounted to existing tubing, eliminating the need for a new tube/hose assembly.

“We are excited about the expansion of our aftermarket product lines, especially our new PolarSeal II offerings, which are coming out just in time for the busy A/C season,” said Tom Trojan, Gates Product Marketing Manager.

In addition, Gates introduces the DriveAlign® HD Tensioner for DD Series engines installed in popular Freightliner and Western Star models, covering over 45,000 VIO. Fleet-tested to over 400,000 miles, the tensioner is an advanced, drop-in solution that lasts longer than the OE equivalent so fleet managers avoid unnecessary maintenance and lower their cost per mile.

Lastly, the release also includes a set of professional-grade hose clamp pliers for easy radiator hose installation and repair and DEF Hotline™ SCR Hose Assemblies covering heavy-duty vehicles like Kenworth and Peterbilt.


Source: Gates

Gates Carbon Drive™ Partners with Leading Microbrewery and Top Outdoor Brands on Belt Drive Bike Contest

Powertransmissions - Gates Carbon Drive™ Partners with Leading Microbrewery and Top Outdoor Brands on Belt Drive Bike Contest

Rocky Mountain Fix will be promoted on the back of several million beer cans and in select Whole Foods and Kroger supermarkets
DENVER Co. (June 5, 2013) – Mountain bikes featuring the chain-replacing Gates Carbon Drive™ belt system are the top prizes in a national contest launched today that encourages consumers to get their “Rocky Mountain Fix.”

Two belt drive singlespeed mountain bikes from REEB Cycles will be awarded in the Rocky Mountain Fix contest (, which is sponsored by leading outdoor lifestyle brands Kelty, Kuat, Oskar Blues Brewery and Mountain Flyer Magazine.

Rocky Mountain Fix offers monthly prizes including bikes, camping gear and bike racks all summer long, culminating with the grand prize: a REEB singlespeed 29er with Carbon Drive, a Tailgater camping setup from Kelty, a top-of-the-line Kuat NV bike rack, a lifetime subscription to mountain biking magazine Mountain Flyer, and a trip for two to Colorado for a bike camping weekend hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery.

“This is a great opportunity to position Gates Carbon Drive alongside these other innovative lifestyle brands and their active, outdoorsy audiences,” says Greg Vigil, Gates VP of marketing. “The fans and users of Kelty, Kuat, Oskar Blues and Mountain Flyer are the exact people that Gates Carbon Drive wants to reach.”

Rocky Mountain Fix will be promoted via social media, with online and print ads in Mountain Flyer, and also on the back of several million beer cans from Oskar Blues, an award-winning Colorado craft brewer. Selected Whole Foods and Kroger supermarkets will also promote the contest with in-store beer stacks, posters and displays that entice consumers to “Win a Gates belt drive 29er.”

Consumers can enter and see the complete prize package, valued at more than $14,000, at The contest promotional video can be seen at


Source: Gates

ContiTech Diagnostic Tools Assist Workshops

Powertransmissions - ContiTech Diagnostic Tools Assist WorkshopsTester ensures multiple V-ribbed belts are changed at right time • Laser for accurate alignment measurement • Tension tester for timing and multiple V-ribbed belts • Videos demonstrate operation

It’s indispensable: workshops are increasingly dependent on the assistance of diagnostic technology for servicing and repairs. Devices from the ContiTech Power Transmission Group enable auto mechanics to identify and repair belt drive faults easily. The tools available are a belt wear tester, a laser for alignment measurements and a tension tester.

Checking Wear
Multiple V-ribbed belt wear – as a result of the effects of heat, deposits and operationally induced abrasion in the ancillary component drive – is not always visible with the naked eye. ContiTech’s Belt Wear Tester (BWT) reliably detects the degree of wear by checking the profile geometry of the individual ribs. This enables professionals to determine precisely whether the multiple V-ribbed belt needs to be changed. Important: This test does not replace the specified servicing intervals, but assists workshop professionals in assessing the belt condition. The tester comes complete with instructions. There is also a product film showing how to operate it. The video is available online at in the ‘Service & Accessories’ section. It can also be accessed on YouTube.

ContiTech Power Transmission Group’s laser

Laser for Reliable Alignment Measurement
The LASER TOOL measures whether all the pulleys in the belt drive are aligned. This provides a fast and dependable means of identifying alignment faults in the belt drive. A correct diagnosis is essential for rectifying faults in order to guarantee trouble-free operation of the belt drive. Incorrectly aligned belt pulleys are frequently the cause of noisy multiple V-ribbed belt drives or premature wear of the belt. The ContiTech LASER TOOL can be used for all automotive multiple V-ribbed belt drives, including those with synthetic pulleys. A product video is also available for the LASER TOOL.

Belt Tension Tester Hz (BTT Hz)

Measuring Belt Tension
The correct tension is of great importance for the belt drive. Fitters must not rely on their intuition here; they need to work on the basis of precise figures. The Belt Tension Tester Hz (BTT Hz) accurately measures the tension of timing and multiple V-ribbed belts in accordance with the most up-to-date method – frequency measurements in hertz. Operation is very simple, via just two buttons. An integral self-calibration system increases the measurement reliability.


Source: Contitech




Investment agreement between Continental and Schaeffler ends in May 2014

Investment agreement between Continental and Schaeffler ends in May 2014

The Schaeffler Group today gave notice of their intention to terminate the investment agreement in place since 2008. The agreement will be terminated effective May 2014.

Continental AG and the Schaeffler Group together with its shareholders entered into the investment agreement on August 20, 2008 with the involvement of former German Chan-cellor Dr. Gerhard Schroeder. It governs their cooperation with respect to Schaeffler’s position as the largest single shareholder of Continental AG. Schaeffler currently holds 49.9 percent of the Continental AG shares.

The investment agreement no longer has any practical relevance for either company since key provisions of the agreement expired in August 2012. Schaeffler and Continental have benefitted from their excellent and pragmatic cooperation for years and will continue this cooperation in the future.

„As Continental AG’s major shareholder, we are very pleased with Continental’s achievements over the past few years. We consider our investment in Continental a long-term strategic investment aimed at sustainably increasing the value of Continental AG,” stated Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler and Georg F.W. Schaeffler, shareholders of the Schaeffler Group.



Source: Schaeffler

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