Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals, subsidiaries of GKN Plc, are
expanding their automotive operations and moving to a new
Americas headquarters early next year.
GKN Driveline has also
won a contract to supply the front axle for several BMW
X-series sports utility vehicles.
Construction of the
168,000-square-foot Auburn Hills, Mich., headquarters will
begin this month. GKN has more than 300 employees at its
existing 113,000-square-foot facility.
GKN Driveline makes
driveline components and systems, including constant velocity
joint, all wheel drive, transaxle and electric drive systems.
GKN Sinter Metals makes precision powder-metal products.
The new space will
house executive managers, testing and validation equipment and
engineering design shops for both driveline and sinter metal
GKN Driveline Americas
president Robert Willig said the company will expand its work
force to support more than 100 new program launches in the next
three years for both Driveline and Sinter Metals.
The company expects to
hire at least 50 full-time employees at the new headquarters
over the next three years.
Drivelines Newton, N.C., plant will begin producing front
final drive units for the current BMW X3 model beginning in
August, and other high-performance X models later this
The Newton facility supplies all wheel drive systems,
including final drive units, to several global car
manufacturers, including side shafts and torque vectoring units
for BMWs X-series models. The facility sold more than 1
million units last year.