GKN Wheels & Structures Appoints Global Engineering Director

7/1/2011 9:00 AM

GKN Wheels & Structures has appointed Jules Carter as Global Engineering Director. He will have responsibility for engineering at the company’s manufacturing sites world-wide, with a focus on quality, innovation and best practice to meet customer needs.

He brings 16 years’ experience in senior management roles and the development and delivery of complex, time sensitive engineering projects within the automotive sector, working at Rover, BMW and more recently Tata Motors European Technical Centre.

Jules Carter is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the IMechE professional review committee. He graduated from Loughborough University with a B.Tech (Hons) degree in automotive engineering.

Of his new role Jules says: “This is a truly exciting time to be working with the company as we expand into new sectors and markets around the world and explore additional applications for our expertise and products. There is tremendous opportunity to transfer technical knowledge across international boundaries whilst recognising and reflecting the very specific needs of different local markets.”

GKN Wheels & Structures has manufacturing bases in the UK, Denmark, Italy, USA and China.

Note to editors

GKN Wheels is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of wheels for off-highway applications, including agricultural, construction, industrial and mining machinery industries. The company has five manufacturing locations, two major test centres and employs some 1,540 people. It has key manufacturing bases in China, Denmark, Italy, the UK and the USA. It is part of the GKN Land Systems Division of GKN PLC and operates within the division’s High Performance Structures business. Land Systems is a global organization with over 5,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $1.1 billion (£699 million). It is one of four divisions within GKN plc, the others being Aerospace, Driveline and Powder Metallurgy.

GKN plc is a global engineering business serving the automotive, aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 30 countries, around 40,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and had sales of £5.4 billion in the year ended 31 December 2010. GKN plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).

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Sali Morris, Marketing & Business Development Manager, GKN Wheels