GKN Sinter Metals’ state-of-the-art production facility in Bad Brückenau, Germany, has delivered its fifty-millionth synchronizer hub.
Synchronizer hubs are the core product for the shifting mechanism in all double clutch and manual transmissions.
For over 20 years GKN Sinter Metals has specialised in precision synchronizer hubs made by conventional powder metallurgy technology, which has proven to be the premier solution for this transmission component and has facilitated improvements in performance while also reducing weight.
GKN utilizes specialized high volume production processes with streamlined manufacturing concepts and optimized workflows to produce each synchronizer hub. Combining this process with a highly skilled workforce has allowed GKN to provide flawless products to a number of global automotive OEM and Tier1 customers for the past 20 years. “Our ability to produce high quality parts for this period of time shows that our employees pride themselves on the work they do and strive to not only meet but exceed our customers’ requirements,” explains Stefan Zeier, Plant Manager of the Bad Brückenau plant.
GKN also produces synchronizer hubs in its facilities in Danyang, China; Hortolandia, Brazil; and Pimpri, India. GKN’s goal is to build on this success and aims to further expand production capacities and technological expertise to strengthen its position as global market leader.
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 47,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 35 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP6.1 billion in the year to 31 December 2011.