From the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution to the 21sts century motor and aerospace industries, this book is the story of how Britain’s oldest major engineering company has remained at the heart of world manufacturing. The GKN Story is a chronological exposé of the organization, from the origin of the group in 1759 in the Welsh Valleys to its global presence in 2009. The key milestones in the group’s history will be described against the backdrop (and sometimes foreground) of contemporaneous political and economic events, from the Industrial Revolution and the Great War through the Great Depression and World War II to Britain’s post-war decline, the rise of Europe and America, globalization and the shift in world economic power to BRIC and beyond.
Key business themes will be drawn out from the experiences of the organization and these will pepper the text throughout as the story unfurls. Today GKN is concerned with the long term sustainability of its business and, as such, balances a number of objectives, each of which will be exposed within the text. Currently, the organization’s mission is to deliver outstanding products and services to customers and superior returns to shareholders, and to drive benefit from the overall economic, social and environmental performance of GKN.