GKN Plans New Regional Headquarters For The Americas
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 31, 2013
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --GKN Driveline and GKN
Sinter Metals are expanding their automotive operations and moving to a new
regional headquarters for the Americas in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills
early next year.
The new site will also house employees from GKN's Land Systems and North
American Services groups. Construction of the 168,000-square-foot facility is
scheduled to begin in August on an 11.2-acre site at 2150 N. Opdyke Road, the
location of a now-vacant Showcase Cinema complex.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills since 1986, GKN has more than 300 employees at
its current 113,000-square-foot facility at 3300 University Drive. Employment
is expected to grow by 50 or more full-time employees in the next three years.
GKN Driveline is the world's leading producer of automotive driveline
components and systems including constant-velocity-joint, all-wheel-drive,
trans-axle and electric-drive systems. GKN Sinter Metals is the world's
largest producer of precision powder-metal products.
GKN's new headquarters complex will provide additional space for
state-of-the-art testing and validation equipment along with additional
engineering design areas for driveline and sinter metal products. Executive
management teams from both GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals will be located
in the new headquarters building along with various engineering groups and
other corporate activities.
Robert Willig, president of GKN Driveline Americas noted that the need for
additional space and resources has become paramount in view of GKN's
substantial growth in recent years and the number of major new program
launches planned for the Americas.
"GKN has significantly increased its engineering resources in the past four
years and plans to recruit and hire even more engineering personnel to support
more than 100 new program launches in the next three years for GKN Driveline
and GKN Sinter Metals," Willig said. "Our new headquarters facility underlines
our commitment to our customers and to the Americas."
"The increase in demand for our technology-leading driveline systems made it
essential for us to find a suitable facility to support projected growth and
better serve our customers."
Chris Franks, president, GKN Sinter Metals Americas, added: "The additional
space is ideally located in close proximity to many of our global customers
and will give us access to the additional resources needed to provide our
customers with world-class precision powder-metal products and allow us to
deliver on our corporate vision of providing 'Engineering That Moves The
GKN officials would also like to acknowledge "the tremendous support" provided
for the project by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office, the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation and the City of Auburn Hills.
About 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.
About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world's largest producer of precision powder metal
products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the
company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various
process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of more than
10,000 complex shape, high strength products for automotive, industrial and
consumer markets worldwide. The company's global footprint spans more than 13
countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to
its customers with more than 30 global locations and approximately 6,500
About the GKN Group
GKN plc is a global engineering business serving mainly the automotive,
aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 35
countries, around 44,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and had
sales of $9.5 billion in the year to 31 December 2011. GKN plc is listed on
the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).
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