Research & development

Innovation in numbers

Global tech centres
Number of patents awarded (globally)
Pace award nominations since 2014

Engineering that creates value

We continuously innovate, transform and evolve our technologies, constantly refining and improving world-class products for our global customers.

GKN Automotive’s research and development focuses on process and product advances that create value for customers through higher quality and improved performance.

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Our technology roadmap focuses on product and process advancements that deliver results. GKN Automotive’s global network of researchers and engineers deliver efficiency and performance improvements that have real-world benefits for our customers. 

We have become global leaders through our ability to turn technical innovation into consistent series production. It is how GKN Automotive became the world’s leading supplier of constant velocity joints and driveshaft systems. Now it is enabling us to identify the winning product roadmap for our leading all-wheel drive systems and eDrive technologies for electrified vehicles.

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The company’s technical strength is amplified by its ability to advance manufacturing processes, materials, system design and software control advances in step with one another. We provide full systems integration.

A global R&D network ensures that world-class experts are involved in every stage of development, collaborating with our customers at every step. Relationships that consistently generate ground-breaking and world-leading vehicles.

Global footprint

We have diverse expertise across a global footprint, powering the future of transportation. Our international network of production facilities and tech centres positions GKN Automotive close to customers, providing world-class collaboration, technical support and supply for global vehicle programs.