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THE WEEK THAT WAS: BMW presser to remember

18 September 2015

Frankfurt. Lots of new cars to read about. Lots of industry news to be told. So what did you ghouls read most? Natch, the report about the poor old BMW chief keeling over at their press conference, of course.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: On the F-Pace

11 September 2015

Lots happening in the autobiz this week and the excitement building as we head into Frankfurt show media week is palpable. Hence full pictures - at last - of Jaguar's F-Pace SUV, a story that attracted lots of attentions from just-auto readers this week.


ANALYSIS: UK supplier industry perks up

19 March 2015

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett.


Supplier industry M&A and IPO briefing

28 November 2014

This month's managament briefing reviews the financial position of the global supplier automotive supplier industry. Part 2 highlights recent developments in industry structure, including M&A and IPO activity and corporate restructuring.

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GKN on prospects for torque vectoring

22 May 2017

Torque vectoring is an often heard term, rarely seen computer-controlled system used on cars to deliver just the right amount of power to each wheel in order to improve road grip, stability, handling and performance. GKN Driveline’s solution, known as Twinster, is available on a number of cars, including mainstream executive models like the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. As advanced torque vectoring systems are likely to appear on an even wider range of vehicles, just-auto/QUBE spoke to Ray Kuczera, Senior Vice President of Engineering, GKN Driveline.


GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module

9 December 2016

Peter Moelgg, Chief Executive of GKN Driveline’s eDrive and AWD business, tells just-auto about the company's expanding business opportunity with a new electric drive system for compact plug-in hybrid vehicles.


GKN Driveline on AWD and alternative powertrains

2 June 2016

Driveline expert GKN recently increased its all-wheel drive (AWD) production footprint in Mexico. GKN Driveline's senior director, global AWD, Ed Kwon, explains the reasons for this investment, market prospects for AWD and opportunities that alternative powertrains bring.


GKN VP on the Twinster AWD for Ford Focus RS - Q&A

18 April 2016

For the new Ford Focus RS, driveline expert GKN developed a new version of its Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system. GKN Driveline’s Vice President of Global Product Technology, Dr Ray Kuczera, explains what drivers need to know about the system.

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GKN board steps down

19 April 2018

GKN's board has stepped down following the controversial takeover by investor group Melrose Industries, which has reportedly been waved through by the UK government, concluding that it raised no national security concerns (on the defence side of GKN's business).


UPDATED - Melrose wins control of GKN

29 March 2018

UPDATED - Melrose wins control of GKN


Melrose offers GBP1bn pension cash for GKN

19 March 2018

GKN and Melrose have yet again locked horns as the bitter hostile takeover battle bid for the British supplier continues apace with a pension proposal from the investor group.


GKN lauds its technology as bid battle rages

15 March 2018

GKN says its technology is contributing to providing answers to increasingly complex environmental pressures as regulatory pressure combined with consumer demand show no sign of dissipating.


Dana CEO meets with top GKN investors - reports

14 March 2018

The CEO of Dana is in the UK this week meeting with large shareholders in GKN to put the case for its deal over that of the hostile bid from investor group Melrose Industries.


Melrose 'final offer' for GKN

12 March 2018

Investor company Melrose has issued a 'final offer' as part of its hostile bid to take control of GKN. The latest bid has been increased by around 10%.


Dana and GKN Driveline sign agreement for merger

9 March 2018

Dana announced today that it has signed definitive agreements to combine with the driveline division of GKN plc to create Dana plc, 'a global leader in driveline systems'. GKN's board has recommended the merger (which many stakeholders will see as more palatable than a takeover by Melrose).  


Unions to protest as government eyes GKN sell-off

6 March 2018

Unite members from Jaguar Land Rover and other car makers will be joining GKN Driveline workers in a show of solidarity tomorrow (Wednesday 7 March) to unfurl a banner calling on Theresa May's government to block what the union, in a statement, termed "Melrose's debt-fuelled takeover bid of the British-based engineering firm".


GKN "confident" as supplier confirms Dana talks

2 March 2018

GKN Driveline says it is "very, very confident" its customers will continue to give full backing to the supplier as its parent Group battles a bid from manufacturing investor, Melrose.


GKN starts All-Twinster SUV testing near Arctic

1 March 2018

GKN Driveline has started deeper testing a new SUV technology research vehicle, highlighting its work in eDrive, All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and systems integration.


GKN 2017 pre-tax profit down 16% to GBP572m

1 March 2018

GKN has unveiled 2017 Group profit before tax down 16% to GBP572m (US$786m) with its Driveline division showing organic sales growth of 9%.


Volvo launches petrol I3 engine in XC40

19 February 2018

Geely's Volvo Cars has introduced its three cylinder, petrol Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, its recently launched first entry into the compact SUV segment.


GKN offers stout defence as Melrose circles

15 February 2018

GKN's bitter war of words with manufacturing investor, Melrose shows no sign of abating with both sides trading barbs today (15 February) in a bid to woo shareholders.


Moody's affirms GKN Holding's Baa3 ratings

15 February 2018

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Baa3 senior unsecured ratings and (P)Baa3 senior unsecured MTN Programme ratings of GKN Holdings, the finance, investment and holding company of GKN Group (GKN). The outlook on the ratings remains stable.


GKN supplies eAxle for new London cab

1 February 2018

GKN Driveline said it was supplying a new variant of its coaxial eAxle for the new electricified TX 'London black cab' made by LEVC (London EV Company, formerly known as London Taxi Company).


GKN rosy edrive forecast as it battles Melrose bid

22 January 2018

GKN is forecasting sales growth from GBP33m (US$46m) to GBP500m by 2022 as it looks to battle a bid from manufacturing investor, Melrose.


GKN 'rejects takeover offer'

12 January 2018

Reports say that GKN has rejected a takeover offer and is instead proceeding with plans to restructure its operations.


UK gov does automotive 'sector deal'

10 January 2018

The UK government has announced the first automotive 'sector deal' as part of its recently announced industrial strategy across four key industrial sectors, including automotive.


GKN's CEO designate exits after US aero ops crisis

16 November 2017

UK-based aerospace and automotive engineering company GKN has said that its CEO designate Kevin Cummings is leaving the company with immediate effect.


GKN Driveline supplies tech on fast Jeep

25 October 2017

GKN Driveline says it has utilised expertise from its motorsport team to develop 'custom solutions to meet the extreme strength, durability and performance requirements for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk' (described as the most powerful and quickest SUV ever).


just-auto Plus only GKN Driveline powers up Trackhawk

25 October 2017

GKN Driveline utilised expertise from its motorsport team to develop custom solutions to meet the extreme strength, durability and performance requirements for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk - the most powerful and quickest SUV ever. GKN Driveline...


GKN opens UK technology centre

4 October 2017

GKN has opened a UK Innovation Centre for its automotive division, focusing on the supplier's electrified drivelines, lightweight structures, composite materials and additive manufacturing to create a range of new technologies.


GKN joins Jaguar’s EV racing team

14 September 2017

GKN has agreed a multi-year partnership with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, which will see the global engineering group provide design, manufacturing and consultancy services to the Formula E team.


just-auto Plus only GKN announces top executive changes

14 September 2017

GKN announces that chief executive Nigel Stein has informed the Board of his intention to retire. He will step down from that role on 31 December 2017 and as a director on 14 March 2018. Kevin Cummings, currently chief executive Aerospace, will succeed Nigel...


GKN to build new facility in Japan

7 September 2017

GKN Driveline has unveiled plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Tokoname City, Japan. The new site will replace an older plant, representing a substantial technological upgrade of GKN Driveline’s capability in the region, the company says.


GKN to reveal new electric axle concept at IAA

5 September 2017

A new electric axle concept will be revealed by GKN at the 67th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA).


GKN records H1 profit before tax of US$516m

27 July 2017

GKN Group has reported half-year profit before tax (management basis) up 14% to GBP393m (US$516m) (2016: GBP344m), helped by currency.


just-auto Plus only GKN H1 2017 sales up 15% at GBP5,212m

26 July 2017

GKN announces financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 Group highlights Another period of growth delivering earnings momentum Sales up 15% (organic sales up 5%) and management eps increased 14% Profit before tax (management basis)...


GKN launches VL3 CVJ system in new BMW 5 series

26 June 2017

GKN Driveline’s new lightweight VL3 constant velocity joint (CV joint) system has launched in its second application on the all-new BMW 5 Series.


Demand for eDrive prompts GKN expansion

2 June 2017

GKN driveline says that rising demand for electric and hybrid technology means that it will boost the size of its eDrive production hub by more than 60%.

GKN Plc news

GKN board steps down

19 April 2018

GKN's board has stepped down following the controversial takeover by investor group Melrose I...


UPDATED - Melrose wins control of GKN

29 March 2018

UPDATED [16:15 BST] - Melrose wins control of GKN The investment company Melrose has won contr...


Melrose offers GBP1bn pension cash for GKN

19 March 2018

GKN and Melrose have yet again locked horns as the bitter hostile takeover battle bid for the Bri...


GKN lauds its technology as bid battle rages

15 March 2018

GKN says its technology is contributing to providing answers to increasingly complex environmenta...


Dana CEO meets with top GKN investors - reports

14 March 2018

The CEO of Dana is in the UK this week meeting with large shareholders in GKN to put the case for...


Melrose 'final offer' for GKN

12 March 2018

Investor company Melrose has issued a 'final offer' as part of its hostile bid to take co...



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