GKN plans to further expand its automotive presence in China this year with a new joint-venture to produce engine components in Henan province.

When fully operational, GKN Zhongyuan Cylinder Liners in Mengzhou City will manufacture more than three-million cylinder liners annually for trucks for both domestic use and export in the first stage. Production is scheduled to begin in 2006.

After almost two decades of manufacturing in China, GKN Group now has six joint ventures in the country.