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.
St Louis, MO US
(314) 264-3000

1150 W. Bradley
El Cajon, CA 00000 US
(619) 448-2320

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As Seen In CompositesWorld

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. 

thermoplastics, composites, next generation aerospace, aerospace composites

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.

fiber-metal laminates, aerospace, aerospace composites

The markets: Aerospace (2019)
The world’s two largest aerospace manufacturers, once again, shared center stage as commercial aircraft stayed in the composites spotlight, expected to be increasingly heavy users of carbon fiber composites.

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.

 Gulfstream G650 assembly

GKN Aerospace continues as a key Gulfstream supplier
More than 20 years as a key supplier on all large- and ultra large-cabin programs.

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.

Solvay GKN Aerospace Fokker thermoplastic composites

Solvay, GKN Aerospace to cooperate on thermoplastic composites
The companies aim to accelerate the adoption of thermoplastic composites on aircraft, with Solvay becoming preferred material supplier to Fokker.

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.

The fifth AFP machine from MTorres at work for A350 at GKN
GKN manufactures the rear spars of the wings of the Airbus A350, while Spirit Aerosystems is responsible for manufacturing the front spars.

Predator B

GKN Aerospace opens production line for GA-ASI Predator B landing gear
GA-ASI and Fokker are exploring the possibilities to collaborate in the application of advanced composites in the Predator B landing gear.

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