Company showcase: GKN

The engineering firm was founded more than 250 years ago.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 30 Nov 2016


Head office: Ipsley House, Ipsley Church Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 0AJ

Number of employees: 56,000

Company summary

Every time you travel by road or air almost anywhere in the world there is a good chance that GKN is helping you on your way. No matter the vehicle maker - car or aircraft - GKN designs, manufactures and services systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. Founded more than 250 years ago, we have adapted, developed and grown into a £7.7bn business at the forefront of global technology. Our network of 56,000 people in more than 30 countries offers our customers an unrivalled breadth of technology, geographic footprint and experience. Our engineering moves the world.

Global footprint

Across five continents, GKN is making a difference to people's lives in almost every corner of the world. We have more than 160 manufacturing facilities, service centres and offices in over 30 countries. This strong geographic footprint enables us to operate in close proximity to our customers, working in partnership to develop new technologies, and building long-lasting customer relationships.


Our strong technology positions help our customers meet the needs of their consumers. We aim to deliver the best technology today and develop innovative technologies for the future, maintaining our leadership. Global trends, such as emissions legislation, the drive for efficient vehicles, urbanisation and population growth are at the heart our technology investment. We work with our customers to deliver electric and hybrid vehicles, lightweight materials, fuel-efficient systems and cost effective solutions to help them stay ahead.

Environment & sustainability

Our approach to sustainability can be summed up in one phrase: doing the right thing - by our people, as a business, and in our world. This means acting in a safe, ethical manner in everything we do. We aim to reduce the impact that both our operations and our customers have on the environment. Our products are designed to perform better than their predecessors, be that through being lighter, more efficient or resulting in less waste. Around the world, our sites and employees work hard to support the communities in which they operate.


As an engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success. A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.


Choosing a career at GKN means you are joining a truly global company that is positively affecting the lives of people around the world every day. We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented individuals with the skills and passion to become leaders of the future in what they do. Whether you envisage a career as an engineer innovating to overcome technical challenges or as an executive helping to lead the business, choosing GKN means you are joining a global engineering network with wide-ranging opportunities.

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