Rising demand for EVs has led GKN Automotive to increase the range and volume of its products.
In his new position, Skornik will report directly to Markus Bannert, chief operating officer, Driveline for GKN Automotive. He will be based in Roesrath, which is near Cologne.
The theme’s intent is to showcase the wide range of aftermarket products the company offers around the world.
The GKN board says it now intends to work with Melrose to ensure the success of the enlarged company, in the interests of all stakeholders, including employees, customers and shareholders.
The merger will create a global leader in vehicle drive systems and electric propulsion.
These discussions come in the wake of news reports that U.K.-based GKN is fighting off a hostile takeover bid from Melrose Industries.
The new facility will allow GKN Driveline’s North American customers to test All-Wheel-Drive and eDrive systems for longevity, safety, power and torque performance in low-traction driving conditions.
GKN Driveline has named Dr. Ramon Kuczera as vice president global product technology and Steven LaChance as vice president of engineering for GKN Driveline Americas.