GKN Driveline Newton Receives Milestone Safety Award

             GKN Driveline Newton Receives Milestone Safety Award

PR Newswire

NEWTON, N.C., Nov. 14, 2013

NEWTON, N.C., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --GKN Driveline Newton was awarded
the Certificate of Special Recognition Safety Award by North Carolina State
Commissioner of Labor, Cherie Berry on October 29^th. The award recognizes a
North Carolina-based business that achieves one million safe employee hours
without a lost time accident. The award was presented to Michael Erdt, GKN
Driveline Newton Plant Director, Jonathan Gobble, GKN Driveline Newton EHS
Specialist and Jochen Wieland, Managing Director for GKN Driveline Torque
Americas with many of their team members in attendance.

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"Safety is a journey," commented Commissioner Berry as she presented the award
to Michael Erdt in front an audience of Newton employees. "Each one of you has
made this award happen. Thank you for all that you do."

The achievement comes during a time of continued growth for GKN Driveline
Newton. Over the past two years the number of employees and temporary workers
has increased 24% During this time period, the employees in the Newton site
have worked safely while meeting increased demand, exceeding a record
production milestone for the facility of one million parts produced.

Jonathan Gobble noted this achievement in his opening remarks, "We will
achieve one million parts produced for the year with world class quality. GKN
Driveline Newton is an award winning company with employees who care each and
every day."

"Since its beginning, safety has always been important to the success of the
business. Safety is our number one priority in everything we do and is
therefore also the cornerstone of our strategy," notes Roland Seeger,
Associate Director of Quality and EHS for GKN Driveline Torque. "The focus is
to uncover hidden risks before they happen in an environment that has constant
changes."

The event included a walking tour of the facility for Commissioner Berry, who
recognized the proactive approach of the employees. "Yesterday is gone and
you haven't met tomorrow yet. It's all about today when you think of safety
and health. Thank you for all that you do, I applaud your efforts."

Jochen Wieland summarized the emphasis on the importance of safety every day,
"These achievements are a testament to the dedication and passion everyone
here in Newton has for safety, quality and continuous growth of this
company." He continued by sharing the appreciation the GKN employees felt
that Commissioner Berry came in person to deliver the award, "It was great to
receive the recognition directly from Labor Commissioner Berry today and have
her explain why safety is so near and dear to her heart."

The day ended with closing speech and celebration cheer from the employees.
"This was not awarded by luck," Michael Erdt, noted in his closing speech to
his fellow Newton colleagues. "It's because of the efforts from all of you
that we are celebrating this today."

GKN officials would also like to acknowledge the support provided by
Commissioner of Labor Berry's office, the State of North Carolina and Catawba
County.

About GKN Driveline Newton

Located near Maiden, NC, GKN Driveline Newton opened in 1986 (as Getrag Corp.)
producing AWD Systems (mainly power transfer units), Trans Axle Solutions
(gear sets and housing) as well as eDrive Systems. GKN Driveline Newton
employs nearly 700 people in two facilities supporting machining and assembly.

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.

www.gkndriveline.com

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 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).

www.gkn.com

SOURCE GKN Driveline

Website: http://www.gkndriveline.com
Contact: Hannah Chatterley, Global Communications Manager, GKN Driveline, Tel:
+44 1527 533660, Mobile: +44 7826876630, Email:
hannah.chatterly@gkndriveline.com
 
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