GKN at a glance

GKN is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by road or air almost anywhere in the world it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. 

We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. Founded more than 250 years ago, we have adapted, developed and grown into a £7.7 billion business at the forefront of global technology.

GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy. Approximately 56,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. 

GKN Group

Management profit before tax

Sales by Region 2015
Europe 48%
Americas 38%
Asia Pacific and Africa 14%
Sales by division 2015
GKN Driveline 46%
GKN Aerospace 33%
GKN Powder Metallurgy 12%
GKN Land Systems 9%
Employees by Region 2015
Europe (excluding UK) 39%
Americas 27%
Asia Pacific and Africa 23%
UK 11%

GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is a leading global tier one supplier of airframe and engine structures, landing gear, electrical interconnection systems, transparencies, and aftermarket services.

It supplies products and services to a wide range of commercial and military aircraft and engine prime contractors, and other tier one suppliers.

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SALES in 2015

Sales by market

Commercial 75%
Military 25%

Sales by product

Aerostructures 48%
Engine components and sub-systems 44%
Special products 7%
Services 1%

Sales by customer

Airbus 20%
United Technologies 13%
GE 13%
Boeing 11%
Snecma 6%
Honeywell 4%
Spirit 4%
Rolls-Royce 4%
Lockheed 3%
Other 22%

Airframe structures, including wing/empennage and flight control surface assemblies, fuselage structures and landing gear.

Engine structures, including fixed and rotating propulsion products, fan cases, exhaust systems, nacelles and other components.

Electrical wiring interconnection systems for aerostructures and engine products.

Niche products such as ice protection, fuel systems, transparencies including specially coated cockpit and cabin windows, and flotation devices.

  • Supporting our customers by delivering on our strong positions on existing programmes
  • Growth on existing platforms and on selective new high-growth and long-running platforms through the application of technology and cost-effective solutions
  • Developing new technologies for future commercial and military aircraft, to enhance capabilities, improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and minimise the environmental impact of aviation
  • Strengthening our current market leadership positions and expanding into adjacent markets with similar product technologies and manufacturing capabilities
  • Expanding our global footprint to serve more customers around the world

GKN Driveline

As a global business serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline products and systems, for use in everything from the most sophisticated premium vehicles that demand complex driving dynamics, to the smallest ultra-low-cost cars

Sales in 2015
Manufacturing locations

Sales by customer

Fiat Chrysler 14%
VW Group 13%
GM Group 11%
Ford 11%
Renault Nissan 10%
Toyota Group 7%
BMW Group 5%
Tata Group 5%
Mitsubishi 3%
Other 21%

Sales by product group

CV jointed systems £2,129m
AWD systems £1,158m
Trans-axle solutions £210m
eDrive systems £28m
Other £23m

Sales by region of origin

Europe £1,279m
North America £1,195m
China £412m
Japan £265m
South America £106m
India £83m
Other £208m

Constant velocity jointed systems including CV joints and sideshafts.

All-wheel drive (AWD) systems including propshafts, couplings, power transfer units, rear drive modules and a range of differentials and torque management technologies.

eDrive systems including electric axles, transmissions and motors. 

  • Providing innovative driveline systems and solutions (including eDrive and electric hybrid), supporting developing market trends for more fuel-efficient vehicles
  • Increasing business in high-growth regions
  • Serving the needs of strategic customers through a market-leading global footprint

GKN Powder Metallurgy

GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. 

GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy.

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Sales in 2015
Manufacturing locations


Americas £389m
Europe £297m
Rest of world £77m
Hoeganaes £143m

Sales by product type (sintered components)

Automotive £659m
Industrial £104m

Sales by product type (hoeganaes)

Metal Powder sales £143m

Sintered components for engines and transmissions, as well as pumps, bodies and chassis, and compressors

Sintered bearings and filters

Metal injection moulded components

Metal powders

  • Developing ‘Design for Powder Metallurgy’ applications to meet the rapidly developing requirements for high efficiency engines, advanced transmission applications, weight reduction and evolving emissions standards
  • Expanding the business in high-growth markets, supporting customers globally
  • Enhancing performance of metal powders

Additional businesses

GKN Wheels is the world’s leading manufacturer of off highway wheels.

GKN Wheels offer a full service from design, manufacture and testing to after sales support from our global team of commercial and engineering experts. GKN Wheels supply the global mining, construction, industrial and agricultural industries and many of the leading international OEMs, distributors and integrators.

GKN Structures specialises in the design, manufacture, supply and test of  full chassis frames, pressed steel, aluminium structural assemblies and cast aluminium wheels to a number of key sectors including automotive, off-highway equipment for agriculture and defence.

Together they form the business GKN Wheels & Structures. 

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A global supplier of power management products and services. 

Our technology delivers efficiency in motion to harvest crops, move earth, mine resources, handle material and capture natural energy.

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