GKN Announces Major Expansion Of Shanghai GKN (SDS) Joint Venture

      GKN Announces Major Expansion Of Shanghai GKN (SDS) Joint Venture

PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, April 30, 2013

SHANGHAI, April30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --GKN plc and HUAYU Automotive Systems
(HASCO) have announced a major expansion of their Chinese joint venture –
Shanghai GKN Driveshafts (SDS). This development will make SDS a leading
supplier of all-wheel drive (AWD) and electric-drive (eDrive) systems to these
fast-growing segments of the Chinese car market.

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SDS has been operating since 1988 and is the largest driveshaft manufacturer
in China producing both sideshafts and propshafts, supplying domestic and
western brands from eight manufacturing plants. The SDS expansion extends the
scope of the JV to cover the complete GKN Driveline capability – including AWD
and eDrive components and systems.

As a result of this development, GKN Driveline's wholly-owned facility in
Shanghai  will become part of the expanded JV.

Speaking in China, Andrew Reynolds Smith, GKN Automotive chief executive said:
"China is the world's largest car market and, together with our partner HASCO,
GKN Driveline has built a fantastic market leading position for SDS over the
last 25 years."

"Today's announcement provides the platform to accelerate our business in the
fast growing Chinese SUV and all-wheel drive market. This is a very important
step as we continue to grow by leveraging GKN Driveline's leading technology
and global footprint."

Vehicle production in China is expected to continue to grow strongly. A key
driver of this growth comes from the demand for SUVs and AWD vehicles which
are outgrowing the market. GKN's efficient and lightweight driveline
technology positions SDS well to address the vehicle performance, emissions
and fuel economy demands of the future.

The transaction remains subject to Chinese government approval. As a
consequence of the change, SDS will change its name to Shanghai GKN HUAYU
Driveline Systems.

Editor's notes:

GKN plc is a global engineering group – whose technologies and products are at
the heart of vehicles and aircraft produced by the world's leading
manufacturers.

GKN operates four divisions: GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GKN
Aerospace and GKN Land Systems. Approximately 48,000 people work in GKN
companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. We harness our
considerable technology and manufacturing resources to supply the highest
quality systems, structures, components and services. GKN is listed on the
London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £6.9 billion (RMB
69,000m) in the year to 31 December 2012.

www.gkn.com

GKN in China
Through more than 25 years investment and development of our capabilities, GKN
now operates from 16 locations in China, employing 5,000 people. Continued
investment in China over the next five  years will see the numbers employed
rise to 6,000 or more. GKN was the first global automotive supplier to invest
in China in 1988.

www.gknchina.com

GKN Driveline
GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline
components and systems. As a global company serving the world's leading
vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an
extensive range of automotive driveline components – for use in the smallest
ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the
most complex driving dynamics.

GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans
Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 22 countries at 56 locations
employing 22,000 people.

www.gkndriveline.com

SOURCE GKN Driveline

Website: http://www.gkndriveline.com
Contact: Paul Dinwiddy, GKN Driveline, Tel: + 44 1527 533 646, Mobile: + 44
7801 077 523, paul.dinwiddy@gkndriveline.com; Media Contact - China: Fanny
Feng, EBA Communications, Tel: + 8610 6522 8081 (ext. 206),
fanny.feng@ebacomms.com; Media Contact - Americas: Craig Miner, AutoCom
Associates, Tel: + 1 248 647 8621, Mobile: + 1 248 705 4448,
cminer@usautocom.com; Media Contact - Europe: Simon Pearson, Tel: + 44 207 861
3158, Mobile: + 44 7836 744 192, simon@s-pearson.com
 
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