On behalf of GKN plc, GKN Sinter Metals received Bosch’s preferred supplier status for the third consecutive year, which is a clear sign of the strength of the Group’s relationship with Bosch.
Bosch assigns this status to suppliers with a continually outstanding performance level, based on four main criteria; quality, costs, reliability and innovation drive.
GKN and Bosch have shared a close business relationship that goes back over 40 years and have worked together on a large number of engineering and development projects. Since 1995, GKN Sinter Metals has provided sintered parts to Bosch, serving all of Bosch’s business areas. The product range covers automotive, industrial and consumer applications supplied from GKN Sinter Metals plants all over the world, including brake components, steering system components, hydraulic components and sinter bearings. Originally GKN Sinter Metals focused mainly on providing conventional sintered components for Bosch, however it is now utilising the broader technology scope GKN Sinter Metals offers, from engine components made by metal injection moulding to porous metal filter parts for the chemical industry.
Roland Pahl, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Europe and Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted about the trust that Bosch, as one of our global key customers, has placed in our engineering skills, production plants and technical capabilities. This is another milestone on our long-term partnership and we look forward to working with Bosch in the future.”
About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of more than 10,000 complex shape, high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and approximately 6,500 employees.
About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GKN Aerospace and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the automotive, aerospace and land systems markets. Approximately 48,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP6.9 billion in the year to 31 December 2012.