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

1150 W Bradley Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020 US



As Seen In CompositesWorld

GKN, Eviation collaborate on Alice all-electric aircraft
GKN Aerospace will be involved in the design and manufacture of the aircraft’s wings, empennage and electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS).

SAMPE North America launches thermoplastics video series
The 17-part educational video series focuses on current and upcoming trends in thermoplastics, including aerospace applications, co-consolidation and more.

Leaders in the composites industry work together to develop ventilators for COVID-19 patients
A U.K.-government funded project collects Meggitt, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and others to quickly help meet demand.

Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of world's largest fan blades, made with composites, for UltraFan demonstrator
CFRP blades and fan case cut weight for twin-engine aircraft by 700 kilograms

The markets: Aerospace (2020)
With the 737 MAX grounded, the global aerospace supply chain was thrown into disarray in 2019. Still, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing composites use in commercial aerostructures for coming decades.

CW's top 10 articles of 2019
It’s time to reflect upon the trends and innovations seen in the composites industry over the past year and contemplate what might be ahead in 2020.

Top composites news stories of 2019
The top 10 most viewed composites news stories of 2019.

GKN Aerospace named key supplier for Aerion Supersonic business jet
GKN Aerospace will design and develop the empennage and electrical wiring interconnection systems for the AS2.

Mikrosam to supply GKN Fokker with AFP, consolidation equipment for thermoplastic composites
The suite of equipment includes Mikrosam’s latest automated fiber placement (AFP) machine, slitting equipment for thermoplastic prepregs and a custom-engineered thermoplastic consolidating machine.

People in Composites: November 2019
Albany Engineered Composites, GKN Aerospace, Michelman and Sirrus Inc. announce new hires in the composites manufacturing industry.

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.

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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.

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