Customers, staff, industry partners and supporters celebrated in style to mark Gates Australia’s 30 year anniversary on February 17.
The event gave attendees the opportunity to reconnect with industry colleagues and put a face to the email signature in the beautiful surrounds of Melbourne steak bar, The Cut.
Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres and drinks on arrival, before moving to the dining room to enjoy an array of delicate entrees, sumptuous steaks and petite desserts, all set within the dark wood paneling and old-world style of The Cut.
“Gates has gone from strength to strength over the years. Thanks to the support of our customers we’ve grown out of two offices already and we’ve got a really enviable position in the market. This event was really an opportunity to celebrate where we’ve come from and thank all of those who have helped Gates Australia to get to where we are today,” said Gates Australia marketing manager, Priscilla Robb.
The night was also a chance to look back on some of the exciting moments that have decorated Gates’ three decades in the country, and relive memories of years gone by.
Throughout the night, a video played on screens behind guests, featuring images of past events, Gates products and facilities, and customer testimonials that echoed the feelings being expressed around the room.
Managing director of Gates Australia, Carl McGowan, said on the night, “30 years in business for any type of company is an excellent effort. It is pleasing to say that a number of distribution partners have been with us for the whole journey; some even used the Gates product before we officially entered the Australian market in our own right!”
It wasn’t all about dwelling on the past though, with Gates leaders looking to the future in their formal speeches. Many of the comments centred on what makes Gates such a stable face in the automotive industry, durable despite the challenges abounding in the current market.
Teng Seen Khoo, vice president of East Asia, said many of those he had spoken to described Gates as offering “quality”. It was a theme that ran throughout the night, with many Gates distributors and partners highlighting the quality of Gates parts as a reason to continue using its belts, hoses and other products – ensuring Gates Australia’s success into the future, for another three decades and beyond.
“We’d really like to thank all of those who attended, those who couldn’t make it, and everyone who has been a part of the Gates Australia story so far,” says Ms Robb.
“Without your support, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We’re looking forward to another three decades of business in Australia.”