Investment in growing aerospace startups
As part of its commitment to supporting innovative startup businesses in the UK, GKN Aerospace will continue its sponsorship of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Boeing accelerator with additional investment into the programme.
Innovation in large composite wing structure technology
GKN Aerospace has reached a milestone in the ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme after designing, manufacturing, and delivering a mid-scale demonstrator tool to the GKN Aerospace Filton facility. This tool provides a fully functioning automated low pressure RTM system for the Airbus-led programme’s composite wing spar.
GKN Aerospace announces global integration
GKN Aerospace has announced details of a worldwide reorganisation in order to create a simpler, more competitive, customer-focused business. The business has grown rapidly by acquisition over recent years, increasing in scale from £600m turnover in 2006 to more than £3.5bn at the end of 2018.
Breaking ground at a new UK Global Technology Centre
In the first half of 2019 GKN Aerospace broke ground on a 10,000 square metre UK Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol and has secured 25 collaboration partners for the new Centre. The new GTC, funded by a £17m commitment from GKN Aerospace and £15m commitment from the UK Government, through the ATI Programme, is expected to open in 2020.
Driving the new era of electric powertrain development
GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an £8m project to design and develop an EV powertrain for the global market. ACeDrive (Advanced Cooling and Control of High Speed e-Drive) is backed by match-funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Already progressing through concept selection, it aims to achieve the level of technology and performance outlined in the Automotive Council...
Innovating with industrialised additive manufacturing
It has been announced that GKN Aerospace is to lead two collaborative additive manufacturing (AM) research programmes, AIRLIFT and DAM and will inject its Laser Metal Deposition by wire (LMD-w) AM technology in the programmes. AIRLIFT and DAM are focused on making AM serial production ready at high rates and exploring how AM can revolutionise product design for high value, high complexity product manufacture.
First components manufactured for ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme
At the Paris Air show, GKN Aerospace announced that it has manufactured the first demonstrator wing components for Airbus’ ‘Wing of tomorrow’ research programme. The parts are samples of a section of the wing spar. GKN Aerospace’s wing technology aims to improve the productivity of the composite manufacturing process. The use of composite components can result in up to 20% weight savings.
GKN Aerospace announces £32m global tech centre in Bristol
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, and the Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker has revealed plans for GKN Aerospace’s new Global Technology Centre in the UK.
GKN Driveline Achieves World AWD Leadership With Acquisition of Getrag Driveline Products
With the approval process now complete, GKN’s £280 /$440 million acquisition of the driveline products business of Getrag positions GKN Driveline as the global leader in the engineering and manufacture of AWD Systems and eDrive Systems.
GKN To Acquire Getrag’s Driveline Products Business
GKN plc announces its agreement to acquire the all-wheel-drive (AWD) components businesses of Getrag KG, the privately held German company controlled by the Hagenmeyer family. The businesses being acquired, together referred to as “Getrag Driveline Products”, are Getrag Corporation, a joint venture with Dana Corporation based in the United States, and Getrag All Wheel Drive AB, a joint venture with Dana Holding Corporation and Volvo Car Corp...