As Gates Corporation step into a new century of innovations, their centennial year was celebrated by the wholly-owned subsidiary Gates India.It was a first of its kind, Technology Day by Gates India, showcased at JCB India headquarters in Faridabad. It was an appropriate occasion to be present at Gates India’s largest customer where the focus was on new offerings by Gates, specifically the new product range of Megasys® hose and Megacrimp couplings, tubing range and quick lock couplings. The main aim of the technology day was to showcase Gates’ capability as a supplier and presenting all of the solutions and product portfolio on offer.The Megasys hose system was launched and will now be domestically manufactured; its components Megasys hose and Megacrimp coupling will be available across the country through dealers. The Megasys hose system is a leak-free range of hose system which is a perfect blend of technology and innovation. The uniqueness of the Megasys® Hose system lies in the fact that it provides complete solutions. Megasys hoses are specialised Gates’ constant pressure hoses which last three times longer than any ordinary hose system. The superior technology of Megasys hoses is attributed to its high impulse design, 1/3 SAE bend radius, leak-free fittings and abrasion resistant covers. Megasys® hoses are used with its exceptional partner the Megacrimp® couplings; these couplings have the Gates patented c-insert with bite the wire crimp for excellent coupling retention. This versatile coupling has a Full-Torque Nut design along with a full stem insertion and full length crimp. This coupling is also fully qualified by EN performance standards. The environmentally friendly Tuff Coat plating for 500 per cent better corrosion resistance makes the use of any other coupling a compromise before Megacrimp Couplings. These Gates hoses and couplings make a special Gates interface technology unbeaten in the industry.The inauguration of the Technology Day was done by Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India, who also gave a brief talk about the expectations from the technology day. Commercial viability of the technology while adding new features and enhanced performance from the equipment was the highlight of his speech. G Sundraraman, Vice President Quality and Platform Engg, explained the unique JCB India method of measuring value by ascertaining resale value of the backhoe at the end of the period. Mere meeting of the warranty life is not enough, the extended life the customer get from the equipment decides the leadership position in the long term. Subir Kumar Chaudhary, EVP (Business Head – BHL) and Sanjeev Arora, VP Engg, also graced the occasion. A joint lamp lightening session by the JCB and Gates team was followed by a warm welcome by Jaideep Wadhwa, President–Tomkins (I&A). Recalling the special relationship Gates have had with JCB since the time the latter entered India, he reiterated Gates’ commitment to further this relationship. Rajesh C Bhandari, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing recalled benefit of sharing technical knowhow of hydraulics to improve customer satisfaction and repeat sales. An exhibition of Gates product range facilitated firsthand experience of technology products by JCB team.