Dowlais Group plc

Company Profile



Nova North 11 Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5BY, UK

Business Overview

-The company is a British supplier that encompasses three divisions: GKN Automotive, GKN Powder Metallurgy, and GKN Hydrogen.

-GKN Automotive, a subsidiary of GKN established in 1759, is a supplier engaged in the automotive industry, primarily dealing with drivetrain products. Since its acquisition by the British investment firm Melrose in 2018, GKN had been operating under the Melrose umbrella. However, in April 2023, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GKN Hydrogen, and GKN Automotive separated and became independent entities known as Dowlais.

-The Company currently comprises 3 businesses as below;

Business divisions Activities
GKN Automotive Designs, develops, manufactures, and integrates driveline technologies, including electric vehicle components.
GKN Powder Metallurgy Supplies and develops metal powders and precision powder metal parts for the automotive and industrial sectors.
GKN Hydrogen Launched in 2021, develops and provides hydrogen storage solutions.



-The Company’s shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange.


GKN Automotive

-Sideshaft systems for hybrid and electric vehicles
-VL3 sideshaft for premium rear-wheel drive applications
-VLX rear sideshaft for off-road all-wheel drive applications
-UF-MTS-AAR sideshaft for small vehicle front-wheel drive applications
-Sideshaft systems for SUVs
-Sideshaft systems for low-cast rear-wheel drive applications

-Modular lightweight propshaft systems

CV joints
-Fixed joints
-Interconnecting shafts
-Ball plunging joints
-SIO joints
-Monobloc tubular shafts
-Countertrack joints
-Sealing systems

eDrive systems
-Single-speed eAxles
-Multi-speed eAxles
-Co-axial eAxles
-Modular eDrive system for EVs
-Modular eDrive system for compact cars
-Modular eDrive for mid-sized cars
-Modular eDrive system for large battery electric vehicles
-Multi-Mode dedicated hybrid transmission
-eTwinster torque vectoring system for electric drivelines

All-wheel and four-wheel-drive solutions
All-wheel and four-wheel-drive systems
-ActiveConnect all-wheel drive systems
-ActiveConnect power transfer units
-Booster rear drive units
-Twin AWD rear drive units
-Twinster torque-vectoring rear drive units
-Intelligent all-wheel drive systems
-Power transfer units
-Electromagnetic control devices
-All-wheel drive coupling modules
-Electronic torque managers
-Final drive units
-Electronic differential locks
-Limited slip differentials

GKN Powder Metallurgy

Sinters solutions
-Various surface treatment

Electric systems
-Electric motor with Soft Magnetic Composite (SMC) material technology

Sintered drivetrain components

Engine systems
-Valve train components
-VVT components
-Engine gears

Body and chassis
-Stainless steel components for exhaust systems
-Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) systems
-Shock absorber pistons (PTFE banded)

Pump systems
-Vacuum pumps for break assistance
-G-Rotor pumps
-Oil pumps


1900 Established in Great Britain in 1900 as Great Keen &Co. by merger of Guest & Co. and The Patent Nut & Bolt Co.
1902 Name changed to Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds, PLC upon acquisition in 1902 of the screw and wire manufacturing business founded by John Sutton Nettlefold. Present name adopted in June 1986.
Aug. 2001 The demerger of the Company's industrial services businesses to Brambles Industries plc and the combination (by way of a dual listed companies structure) of Brambles industries plc with Brambles Industries Limited.
Feb. 2005 Entered into an agreement to form a new company in China with Henan Zhongyuan Engine Fittings Stock Company Limited (ZYNP).
Completed the acquisition of the 51 % equity interest that it does not already own in Velcon S.A. de C.V. (Velcon), its Mexican constant velocity joint venture.
2006 Opened a manufacturing operation in China. The new business - GKN Zhongyuan Cylinder Liner Company Limited (GKNZ) - is a joint venture between the Company, which holds 59 % of the company and Henan Zhongyuan Engine Fittings Stock Company Limited which holds 41 %.
Jan. 2007 Closed GKN Sheepbridge Stokes Ltd, the UK cylinder liner business.
Feb. 2008 Built a new production facility in Oragadam, India
Oct. 2008 GKN Driveline Torque Technology has started volume production of transmission differentials at its new facility in Pudong, Shanghai, China.
Sep. 2011 Acquired Getrag's Driveline Products Business (comprising Getrag Corporation based in U.S. and Getrag All Wheel Drive AB based in Sweden).
2012 Held a ground breaking ceremony for a new manufacturing facility for GKN Sinter Metals in Yizheng Ltd. in Jiangsu Province, China.
Apr. 2014 Acquired the entire issued share capital of Williams Hybrid Power Limited (WHP) from Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited.
Jul. 2014 Divested remaining 50% share of Emitec (50/50 with Continental) to Continental.
Jul. 2015 Formed joint venture through the Company’s GKN Powder Metallurgy division with Hongsheng Industrial Company Ltd. to produce ferrous powders.
Mar. 2018 Melrose Industries plc was successful in its takeover of GKN plc for GBP 8 billion.
Sep. 2022 Melrose announced its intention to separate the GKN Automotive and GKN Powder Metallurgy businesses from the Melrose Group by way of a demerger of shares in a new holding company.
Apr. 2023 completed the demerger of the GKN Automotive, GKN Powder Metallurgy, and GKN Hydrogen businesses from Melrose Industries PLC.

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