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

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.

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.

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.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business, Royal Netherlands Air Force sign agreement
The multi-million Euro agreement covers total support solution for RNLAF aircraft for a five-year period.

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

CW Plant Tour: Composites Technology Center, Stade, Germany
A cornerstone of Germany’s CFK Valley, CTC pushes composites forward via automation, recycling, digital thread-based manufacturing and more.

GKN Aerospace provides composites work on Bombardier’s C Series aircraft
GKN Aerospace is responsible for the advanced aileron and winglet structures for the CS100 and CS300.

Thermoplastic composites in flight ... for decades
Thermoplastic composite airframe components parts have a surprisingly long history. Here's one of the earliest applications.

GKN Aerospace receives Airbus supplier awards
Three GKN Aerospace operations were recognized with the SQIP (supply chain and quality improvement) award from Airbus.

Thermoplastic composite wings on the horizon?
OUTCOME, a project under the Clean Sky 2 program, aims to industrialize out-of-autoclave thermoplastic primary aerostructure.

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