GKN (China) Investment Limited

Company Profile




Room 1105-1110, LJZ Plaza,1600 Century Ave. Pudong,Shanghai, China

Business Overview

-GKN is the first Western company to invest in China's auto parts industry. In 1988, it established the first joint venture in China, the Shanghai GKN HUAYU Driveline Systems (SDS), whose main product was drive shaft.

-In 2007, GKN (China) Investment Co., Ltd. was established in Shanghai and was recognized as a regional headquarters in 2008.

-It mainly produces constant velocity shaft and propshafts, as well as other components of drive system.

-In 2016, GKN's sales in China were 9.86 billion Yuan.

-As of the end of December 2017, GKN has 19 joint ventures and wholly-owned companies in 12 cities of China.


Constant Velocity Driveshafts
-Constant Velocity Driveshafts
-ZF Shafts
-Turbine shafts
-Eccentric shafts
-Friction Welding Tubular Shafts
-Integrated Tubular Shafts
-Constant Velocity Joints

Universal Joint Driveshafts
-Universal Joint Driveshafts
-Universal Joint
-High speed plunging joint
-High speed fixed joint

Drivetrain Parts
-Electronic Torque Vectoring Unit
-Electromagnetic Torque  Control Unit
-Electronic Lock & Differentials
-Free Rotation Differential & Rear Axle Main Retarder Assemblies
-Electric Motor Drive Transmission Assemblies
-Electronic Torque Vectoring Unit & Rear Axle Main Retarder Assemblies
-Drive Axle Assemblies
-Viscous Couplings(including the products for Four-wheel drive)
-Automatic Transmission Parts

Other Parts
-Forging Parts
-Powder metallurgical parts


May 1988 Shanghai GKN Drive System Co., Ltd. was established as a joint venture by five companies: GKN Automotive AG (Germany), Shanghai Automotive Co., Ltd., SDIC Machinery & Light Industries corp. Ltd., DEG-German Investment & Development Co., Ltd. (Germany), and Bank of Communication Shanghai Branch.
Oct. 1996 Shanghai Kangqiao new plant began operating.
Oct. 2001 The Company's Technical Center in Shanghai began operating.
Dec. 2002 A manufacturing line for precision forgings was completed in Shanghai Zhoupu plant.
Mar. 2005 GKN Zhongyuan Cylinder Liner Co., Ltd. was established as a joint venture by GKN and Henan Zhongyuan Engine Fittings Co., Ltd..
Jan. 2006 GKN Sinter Metals (Danyang) Industrial Co., Ltd. was established.
Nov. 2006 Shanghai GKN Drive System Co., Ltd. and China South Industries Automotive Holdings Co., Ltd. (CSIMC) jointly established GKN Drive Shaft (Chongqing) Co., Ltd. to manufacture driveshafts.
2007 Shanghai GKN Drive Systems Torque Technology Company was established.
Apr. 2008 Shanghai GKN Wuhan plant started construction.
May. 2010 Shanghai GKN Changchun plant started construction.
June 2011 Shanghai GKN Changchun plant was finished and put into operation.
Aug. 2012 The second plant of Shanghai GKN in Wuhan started construction.
Sep. 2012 GKN Sinter Metals Yizheng Ltd. was established.
April 2013 Shanghai Shenjiang plant expansion started construction.
April 2013 Shanghai GKN Drive Shaft Co., Ltd. changed its name into Shanghai GKN Drive Systems Co., Ltd..
Jul. 2013 The second plant of Shanghai GKN in Wuhan was finished and put into operation.

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