GKN Automotive this week officially christened its new regional headquarters for the Americas with a grand opening event for customers, employees and state, county and local government officials. The new facility is home to the company’s GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals divisions.
In addition to serving as regional headquarters for GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals, the new 168,000-square-foot facility also houses employees from GKN’s Land Systems and North American Services groups.
“This new facility is located in the heart of the global auto industry and is well-situated to serve our customers and continue to attract top talent,” said Robert Willig, president, GKN Driveline Americas. “We have been headquartered in Auburn Hills since 1986 and have seen Oakland County and the state of Michigan continue to grow in automotive industry prominence. This is an incredible location for operating in today’s global auto industry.”
Steve Lachance, vice president engineering, GKN Driveline Americas added: “This state-of-the-art facility has significantly increased our engineering capacity. As the industry continues to evolve into a more technology driven business, engineering excellence will be the prime differentiator for successful automotive suppliers. This facility and this location leave GKN well-positioned for a leadership role.”
GKN’s new headquarters, which houses 350 employees with capacity for more, provides cutting-edge testing and validation equipment, along with additional engineering design areas for driveline and sinter metal products. The new facility provides the company with an additional 20 percent more space for engineering and testing activities.