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GKN Automotive collaborates on e-Powertrain project

18 June 2019

GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an GBP8m project to design and develop a world leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market.


GKN Additive merges materials and components

29 March 2019

GKN Additive and GKN Hoeganaes have announced plans to merge into GKN Additive Materials.


GKN unveils two-speed transmission BEV

27 February 2019

GKN Automotive has unveiled what it maintains is the world's first battery electric vehicle (BEV) with a two-speed transmission and torque vectoring.


SDS opens new tech centre in China; marks 30 years of GKN JV

15 October 2018

GKN Automotive's Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS), has officially opened a new technical centre in the suburb of Kangqiao to specialise in research and development of constant velocity joint (CVJ), All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and eDrive systems. The opening also marks 30 years since GKN established its automotive joint venture in China, the first Tier One supplier to do so.


Melrose appoints Butterworth to head auto biz

9 October 2018

Investor company Melrose Industries has announced the appointment of ex-Delphi Technologies CEO Liam Butterworth as CEO of its Automotive Division, which comprises the GKN Driveline and GKN ePowertrain businesses, commencing in early November.


VW claims first to HP 3D metallic printing for small parts

12 September 2018

Volkswagen claimed to be the first automotive manufacturer using HP's Metal Jet 3D printing technology which simplifies and speeds up metallic printing.


VW uses HP Metal Jet process to boost its production

12 September 2018


Commercialising innovation - as easy as APC

6 July 2018

To continue to encourage and ‘derisk’ invention and innovation in the UK’s automotive industry the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was established in 2013 as a result by intervention by the UK government and the industry (the UK’s Automotive Council). The APC has been funded with GBP1bn with half of the fund stemming from the government and half from industry. Its brief is simple, but complex: support the UK industry’s move to low carbon solutions and create an ecosystem that supports R&D, thus ending the dreaded ‘valley of death’.


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


GKN stakes upped as Melrose offers GBP1bn pension cash

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 technology portfolio 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 GKN sell-off as government scrutinises and Moody's lowers ratings

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 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%.


GKN starts All-Twinster SUV testing near Arctic Circle

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.


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 continues to circle

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, stable outlook unchanged

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 issues 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 adapts motorsports technology for Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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).


GKN powers up Trackhawk with upgraded rear halfshafts and propshafts

25 October 2017


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.

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GKN Plc news

GKN Automotive collaborates on e-Powertrain deal

18 June 2019

GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an GBP8...


GKN Additive merges materials and components

29 March 2019

GKN Additive and GKN Hoeganaes have announced plans to merge into GKN Additive Materials. GKN...


GKN unveils two-speed transmission BEV

27 February 2019

GKN Automotive has unveiled what it maintains is the world's first battery electric vehicle (BEV)...


GKN partner SDS opens new tech centre in China

15 October 2018

GKN Automotive's Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS), has offic...


Melrose appoints Butterworth to head auto biz

9 October 2018

Investor company Melrose Industries has announced the appointment of ex-Delphi Technologies CEO L...


VW claims first to HP 3D metallic printing

12 September 2018

Volkswagen claimed to be the first automotive manufacturer using HP's Metal Jet 3D printing techn...



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