GKN Aerospace

A major, independent Tier One supplier of complex composite structures for airframes and aeroengines. With a turnover of GBP2.5 billion, the company is on every major platform, involved in aerospace technology and innovation.

Ipsley Church Lane
Ipsley House
Redditch, Worcs, B98 0TL GB

Additional Locations:
142 J.S. McDonnell Blvd.
Hazelwood, MO 63042 US
314-264-3000

1150 W Bradley Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020 US
619-448-2320

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GKN Aerospace named key supplier for Gulfstream G700
Thermoplastic composites feature prominently in the new G700 business jet design.

GKN Aerospace delivers RTM demonstrator tool for Wing of Tomorrow
The 4-meter mid-scale tool enables large-scale use of resin transfer molding to manufacture a composite wing spar with reduced costs and weight.

Toray Advanced Composites

Toray Advanced Composites, NCC sign R&D partnership agreement
As a Tier 1 member of the National Composites Centre, Toray Advanced Composites will collaborate with the the NCC on automotive and aerospace R&D programs.

Composites industry events to highlight thermoplastics, defense, space
A roundup of news about events in the composites industry, including the TPRC’s thermoplastics conference and events from Composites UK, ACMA and more.

GKN Fokker to advise design, manufacture of PAL-V flying cars
The PAL-V Liberty features a composite body and rotor.

thermoplastic composite fuselage

GKN Aerospace breaks ground on UK Global Technology Centre
Twenty-five partners will also collaborate on the center, which will focus on research for additive manufacturing and advanced composites for aircraft.

thermoplastic composite fuselage panel

Thermoplastic primary aerostructures take another step forward
Employing new manufacturing techniques and the design freedom they create, GKN Fokker has joined forces with Gulfstream to assess thermoplastic composites for primary aircraft structures.

composite wing spar for Wing of Tomorrow

GKN Aerospace manufactures first demonstrator parts for Wing of Tomorrow program
Announced at the Paris Air Show, the company’s composite demonstrator wing components are part of the wing spar. 

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Thermoplastic composites: Poised to step forward
The evolving role of thermoplastic materials and processes and their future in next-generation commercial aircraft.

automated kitting

GKN Fokker to implement automated kitting solution from Airborne
The automated kitting solution is said to reduce costs by saving man-hours and material scrap, and it enabling a flexible and digital workflow.

Predator B Guardian

GA-ASI and GKN Aerospace expand partnership
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. and GKN Aerospace to collaborate on composite tails for GA-ASI’s Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) series.

JEC World 2018 crowded aisle.

JEC World 2018: The highlights
JEC World is the composites industry’s largest trade show and did not disappoint this year.

SAMPE Summit 18 Paris: An information-packed, one-day conference
SAMPE Europe staged a successful and well-attended gathering, dubbed Summit 18, at the Pullman Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel on March 5.

thermoplastic tape

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”
Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Third Wave Systems models 5-axis machined composite components
Developed under a RIF with the USAF, engineers demonstrated improved production processes for several current warfighter composite components.  

Reconfigurable tooling: Revolutionizing composites manufacturing
Shape-changing molds eliminate tooling for large 3D panels while automated assembly fixtures go modular, using metrology to reduce cost and shimming.

Fiber-metal laminates in the spotlight
Interest in FMLs is growing again as aeroengineers search for lightweight solutions adaptable to new narrowbody commercial aircraft.

2017 Paris Air Show is good for composites
There is definitely a lot going on this week at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airfield. Much of it relates to composites. Here’s a brief rundown.

Episode 1: Arnt Offringa, Fokker Technologies, part of GKN Aerospace
The first episode of CW Talks: The Composites Podcast features an interview with Arnt Offringa, head of aerostructures R&T at Fokker Technologies, part of GKN Aerospace, in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands.

We're launching a composites podcast
CW Talks: The Composites Podcast joins the CW arsenal.

Jeff Sloan

Composites industry is growing up—but hurdles still remain
It’s the era of when, not if, for the use of composite materials.

Product Categories of GKN Aerospace

Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Compression molding
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
  • Thermoset materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Compression molding
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, flight control surfaces
  • Aerospace, fuselage/wing
  • Aerospace, radomes
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Metal matrix composites
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • CAD/CAM/CAE design
  • Product design