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.

The Centre will also lead on delivering new components and technologies for the Jaguar Formula E electric race car. GKN has already delivered its first parts for the I-TYPE 2 in the form of custom-built fluid ports made from laser-sintered steel.

“Our new UK Innovation Centre will develop an array of next-generation technologies that will deliver significant benefits to electric vehicle, motorsport and off-highway applications,” said GKN Driveline CEO, Phil Swash.

“For electrified systems in particular, GKN’s expertise will help automakers to develop lighter, quieter and more efficient vehicles. No other company can apply aerospace experience to automotive applications in the same way as GKN, unlocking opportunities for additive manufacturing and composites.

“GKN is a global business, but is proud of its UK roots; we are headquartered here, listed here and our Divisions manufacture from 14 sites across the UK.”