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​GKN Aerospace in the media

In addition to our own news announcements, GKN Aerospace contributes extensively to, and is reported in, many industry and national papers and magazines as being a company with something to say.  This section directs you to some of these articles.

March 2017

  • GKN Aerospace Apprenticeship Engineering Day

    To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, GKN Aerospace Filton teamed up with the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA) to provide academy students with a day of workshops designed to give a unique hands-on engineering experience. 
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December 2016

July 2016

  • Against Brexit Backdrop, Can U.K. Remain The Leading Wing Manufacturer?

    The U.K.’s divorce from Europe will challenge its drive to be the leading wing manufacturer. Whether they are blended with bodies, braced by trusses, have embedded engines or are attached to conventional fuselages, future airliners will have wings. The shape of those wings, how they are made and where, will depend on when the next generations of commercial aircraft emerge. 
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  • No fears for Tier 1 GKN

    Key acquisitions of Volvo Aero and Fokker Technologies have given a major boost to global footprint of the UK’s supply chain specialist. When considering GKN Aerospace, one does not get very far before concluding that the UK-headquartered Tier 1 is very good at acquisitions. Source - 
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June 2016

May 2016

  • Fighting Fit!

    Adrian Wilson charts the expanding role of GKN in the on-going and often controversial development of Lockheed Martin’s US fighter aircraft programme. Source - Aerospace Manufacturing magazine ( 
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March 2016

February 2016

  • GKN Expands Globally with a Mix of Services

    In the coming two years, GKN Aerospace a “global first-tier supplier of airframe structures, engine components, transparencies, and fuel/flotation systems,” says that it will start producing Boeing jetliner engine-intake lip skins and introduce an airliner-window servicing operation. Ian Goold reports from the Singapore air show 
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December 2015

  • Windshields, cockpit windows to become smarter

    Windshields and lateral cockpit windows of the future might be smarter than those of today, as manufacturers find new combinations of materials to extend functionality and meet the needs of sometimes contradictory requirements. Thierry Dubois of AINONLINE reports 
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  • AM takes off

    Airbus and GKN Aerospace have, both together and separately, developed metal additive manufacturing processes to an advanced stage. Their sights are now set on flight-qualifying a part, as Will Dalrymple writing for Machinery Magzine reports 
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March 2015

January 2015

November 2014

October 2014

  • A new dawn on the horizon

    Rob Sharman, Head of Additive Manufacturing for GKN Aerospace, took time recently to outline some of the Horizon (AM) project landscape. There has been much recent airtime on GKN Aerospace’s announcement of its participation in the Horizon (AM) project as part of the UK Aerospace Technology Institute’s portfolio of R&D activities. However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Read more in Aerospace Manufacturing, pg 28. more

  • GKN Aerospace builds engineering design centre at Alabama site

    The 10,800 sq-ft expansion will initially focus on composite technologies for rotorcraft. more


September 2014

August 2014

January 2014

  • Simulation to improve engine design and manufacturing

    In the aero-engine business, small gains in efficiency can mean major gains for an operator’s bottom line. GKN Aerospace Engine Systems in Sweden is using simulation techniques to wrest the maximum performance from the powerplants for which it provides components. Go to page 2 of the Engine Year Book more


10 December 2013

  • Government and industry working well together, says GKN boss

    The relationship between manufacturing industry and government is “as good as it has been in a generation”, the chief executive of GKN's aerospace division has claimed. Marcus Bryson was speaking at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in London as the firm showed off the winglet design it is to produce for Boeing's new 737 Max aircraft more


November 2013

July 2013

13 May 2013 Composites World

30 April 2013

8 February 2013

  • Defense News

    British Army Apaches are to be equipped with flotation devices to increase the safety of crews operating the attack helicopter from Royal Navy warships. 
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26 November 2012

09 November 2012

10 October 2012

October 2012

  • Learning from mistakes – experience and specifications play an important role for a perfect coatings

    Detecting failures and interpreting them correctly, is the first step to avoid them in the future and to guarantee a good application. Different parameters as well as experience are necessary for this. As a consequence the failure ranges from low interest to huge dramatic impact. Derrick Twene from DSM and Steven Houghton, GKN Aerospace, think both that the right mixing provides failures from the upscale to production and that the different technologies drives the performance of a coating as well. more


19 September 2012 by Brian Bell, London Press Service

July 2012

June 2012

7 May 2012

  • Aviation Week - Technology to Raise Build Rates, Lower Costs

    The Boeing 787 is being delivered, the Airbus A350 is taking shape, the A320 and Boeing 737 are to be reengined, and Lockheed Martin's F-35 is in the early stages of a 20-year production run. These aircraft will dominate manufacturing for the next decade, and they are no longer malleable concepts. 
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23 march 2012

  • Challenges in composites

    Composite materials have become widely used in the aerospace industry and are certain to become even more ubiquitous as new materials and manufacturing processes are developed. 
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14 March 2012

  • NCC Robots take next generation flight

    The UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC) announced today the first use of its multi-million pound, twin headed, robotic, Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP) machine - the first of its kind in the country. 
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February 2012

12 January 2012

28 November 2011

  • Reducing Engine Nacelle Noise

    In recent years flying to city airports has become an increasingly contentious issue for airlines due to aircraft noise emissions affecting surrounding residential areas. GKN Aerospace is closely involved with international research to tackle the problem and here describes the technologies it has developed so far. 
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15 November 2011

14 November 2011

  • De-icing and anti-icing solutions

    Ice accretion on aircraft exteriors can cause delays on the ground and disasters in the air. A variety of solutions are employed to keep aircraft flying in inclement weather, including electro-thermal systems, pneumatic equipment, de- and anti-icing fluids, and ice detectors. Joanne Perry finds out about the latest developments. (See page 28) 
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27 September 2011

31 August 2011

18 March 2011

3 February 2011

18 October 2010

  • atwonline - GKN Aerospace in Clean Sky initiative

    GKN Aerospace is participating in two key elements of the €1.6 billion “Clean Sky” Joint Technology Initiative that focuses on developing breakthrough technologies to reduce significantly the impact of aviation on the environment. GKN is working with Airbus on the SMART Fixed-Wing Integrated Technology Demonstrator, developing concepts for the leading-edge region of a Natural Laminar Flow wing 
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6 September 2010

6 August 2010