GKN Driveline Birmingham Invites Queensbury School to See Inside Manufacturing

GKN Driveline Birmingham Invites Queensbury School to See Inside Manufacturing

  PR Newswire

  REDDITCH, England, October 3, 2013

REDDITCH, England, October 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

A group of teenage students with special educational needs will be attending a
See Inside Manufacturing day at GKN Driveline's factory in Birmingham next

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The students will experience the manufacturing environment in action and gain
a valuable insight into working life at the facility. The Birmingham team
provide sideshafts and propshafts to transmit power to the wheels from the
engine for vehicles such as the new Range Rover Evoque. 

They will have the chance to understand the importance of LEAN manufacturing
techniques, used in the plant, via an interactive game designed to show how
the operation reduces process waste.

The visit has been organised as part of the Government's 'See Inside
Manufacturing' (SIM) campaign - an initiative aimed at encouraging young
people to consider engineering as an exciting career choice - and give the
students a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of high-tech
automotive design and manufacturing.

"We really value this opportunity for our students to get an insight into life
outside of school," said Lynette Douglas, Word Related Advisor for Queensbury
School. "GKN Driveline and Queensbury school have developed a bespoke
programme together to suit this group of students and they are really looking
forward to it."

"GKN Driveline is determined to reach out to all parts of the communities it
operates in and we plan to build a long term relationship with Queensbury
School," said Adam Nock, Plant Director. "Our team are looking forward to
sharing their experiences with the students."

GKN Driveline in Birmingham, which is situated on Chester Road in Erdington,
employs 725 people and produces 11,000 sideshafts and 4,000 propshafts every
day, driving the wheels of 1.7 million vehicles a year.

Queensbury School, also in Erdington, is a secondary special education school,
which caters for up to 265 pupils aged 11 - 19 with moderate learning

The SIM event starts in the morning with a tour of the operation. This is
followed by lunch and the LEAN game. For more information on SIM visit:

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 Driveline Birmingham

GKN Driveline Birmingham was founded in 1925 and moved to its current location
in 1956. In 1966 it joined the GKN group.

Following the recent consolidation of GKN's driveline activities in the UK,
GKN Driveline Birmingham is now a centre of excellence and produces an entire
portfolio of sideshaft and propshaft solutions and associated components for
front-wheel, rear-wheel and 4x4 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles
from its base in Erdington, Birmingham, UK.

These products are tailored, tuned and harmonised to suit the characteristics
and performance requirements of each customer application. They are supplied
as original equipment products to the majority of UK based automotive
manufacturers and also as original service parts where required.

Today GKN Driveline Birmingham employs more than 700 people.

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 32
countries, around 48,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and had
sales of £6.9 billion in the year to 31 December 2012. GKN plc is listed on
the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).


Contact: Hannah Chatterley, GKN Driveline, Tel: + 44(0)1527-53366, Mobile:
+44(0)7826876630, Email: hannah.chatterley@gkndriveline.com
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