GKN Driveline’s China joint venture to expand with new production plant

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GKN Driveline is expanding its presence in the Chinese market with construction of a new production facility. The new plant, built through GKN’s joint venture Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS) is in line with the company’s strategic plan to target growth in China.

The facility is under construction, and will be leased by SDS upon completion. The 10,000m² plant is located in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, and will initially manufacture gears for GKN’s eDrive systems, as well as producing gear sets for all-wheel drive final drive systems. Operation is expected to commence during Q2 of 2018.

GKN Driveline’s China joint venture to expand with new production plant

GKN Multimode eTransmission

“The growth of vehicle electrification is accelerating faster in China than anywhere else in the world,” said Greg MacLean, deputy general manager of SDS.

“SDS, with strong support from GKN, is investing in people and facilities to meet the new energy vehicle market demand. Currently SDS is benefitting from a number of localizations built on GKN’s strong position in Europe and the Americas.

“Our longstanding technical relationship with GKN affords SDS a unique position in the market to deliver innovative all-wheel drive and electrified technologies that our customers are demanding in China.”

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he began editing Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International in 2016, and took over as editor of Tire Technology International in 2018.

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