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 £10.4 billion business at the forefront of global technology.

GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy. Approximately 59,800 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. 

GKN Group

Management profit before tax

Europe 50%
Americas 35%
Asia Pacific and Africa 15%
GKN Driveline 51%
GKN Aerospace 35%
GKN Powder Metallurgy 11%
GKN Other Businesses 3%
Europe (excluding UK) 39%
Americas 28%
Asia Pacific and Africa 24%
UK 9%

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 2017

Sales by market

Commercial 72%
Military 28%

Sales by product

Aerostructures 49%
Engine components and sub-systems 37%
Special products 9%
Services 5%

Sales by customer

Airbus 20%
United Technologies 11%
Boeing 11%
GE 8%
Lockheed 7%
Rolls-Royce 5%
Snecma 4%
Sikorsky 3%
Gulfstream 3%
Other 28%

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 2017
Manufacturing locations

Sales by customer

Fiat Chrysler 13%
VW Group 11%
Ford 10%
GM Group 8%
Renault Nissan 8%
Toyota Group 6%
Tata Group 4%
Mercedes 4%
Geely Group 4%
Other 32%

Sales by product group

CVJ systems 60%
AWD and eDrive systems 32%
Other 8%

Sales by region of origin

Europe 40%
North America 32%
China 12%
Japan 6%
South America 3%
India 2%
Other 5%

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 2017
Manufacturing locations


Americas £451m
Europe £409m
Rest of world £116m
Hoeganaes £198m

Sales by product type

Automotive £874m
Industrial £102m
Hoeganaes metal powder £198m

Sales by customer

Ford 9%
GM Group 5%
Schaeffler 4%
Fiat Chrysler 4%
Hilite 3%
Borg Warner 3%
Linamer 3%
ZF Group 3%
Bosch 2%

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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GKN Wheels and Structures

A global tier one supplier of power management products, systems and service solutions to the world’s leading off-highway and industrial equipment manufacturers.

We are continuously developing new technologies and customer solutions which deliver efficiency in the agricultural, construction, mining and industrial markets.

We service all powertrain products and systems between power source and power applied.

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GKN Off-Highway Powertrain