Optibelt can fill the timing and drive belts gap
Trusted brands can be hard to come by, and an exit from the market can leave customers with a difficult gap to fill.
Partmasters has received news that a major manufacturer has discontinued distribution of its timing and drive belts category for Australia and New Zealand effective December 31, 2017.
If this is so (and we are trying to confirm this), as stocks reduce there is potential for disruption to automotive businesses nationwide who pride themselves on high quality, affordable maintenance and repairs.
Enter Optibelt, a trusted OEM and aftermarket provider for more than 140 years. The company has a strategy based on Economic + Reliable + Simple + Innovative, and this strategy stood out when Partmaster, a New Zealand family-owned and operated company added Optibelt to its growing range of trusted OEM quality brands in 2014.
Optibelt was trusted to design a perfectly matched EDPM ribbed drive belt for the innovative and highly complex engine of the BMW 1 Series, which won the international “Engine of the Year” award.
With a wide range to suit the broad offering on New Zealand roads, up-to-date products with high fitting accuracy and quality according to OEM-specs, you can trust Optibelt to offer the solutions you need of a modern, changing market.
Partmaster is a stockist of a broad range of Optibelt automotive technology, extending from ribbedbelts (RBK), through to elastic/stretch and V-belts, including the innovative (M2) Truck Power incorporating cross cord fabric and transverse textile fibres offering 40-60 percent longer service life than standard V-belts and manufacturing exceeding DIN/ISO 5 tolerances, making matched pairs entirely redundant; with accuracy so high any two M2 belts can be paired together on a dual pulley system.
The timing belts (ZRK) have extremely high tensile strength, abrasion-resistant, maintenance-free operation and outstanding resistance to heat, cold and oil, allowing an OEM matching warranty. Timing kits come complete with OEM quality components right down to seals, bolts and washers when required, so you know you have everything you need for European applications right through to Japanese and Korean.
Arriving for the first time in March is a new range of stand alone Optibelt water pumps to complement the repair kit range, offering a complete package of optimally aligned components when used in conjunction with a Optibelt timing kit.
From 2020, a new CO2 upper threshold of 95g of CO2/km will apply to new vehicles. To be able to achieve this ambitious threshold value, the development of a beltdriven starter generator (BSG), which combines the function of starter and generator, is a new milestone in the automotive sector.
Unlike the long-since familiar automatic start-stop system, the new generations have added the function of boosting and recuperating. The BSG can take the strain off the combustion engine when starting up and give the vehicle an extra boost of acceleration. When freewheeling, on the other hand, energy is recovered and stored in the battery – with a much higher degree of efficiency than the conventional alternator.
When it comes to developing BSG ribbed belts, Optibelt opts for aramid fibre-reinforced EPDM compounds with the highest reverse bending resistance, extreme tensile strength and optimal wear behaviour.
The Optibelt range is available at Partmasters’ 17 stores nationwide and can be found catalogued online at www.partmaster.kiwi.
Contact one of our local sales reps for assistance or call our toll-free line 0800 727 862 for more information.