GKN Aerospace | About us

Join a global technology leader

GKN Aerospace is the original aerospace innovator. 

For decades, we have inspired and industrialised the aerospace industry, combining engineering excellence and technology leadership into a cutting-edge offering that truly sets us apart from our competition.


Our history

Forged in the first fires of the industrial revolution, GKN’s history spans over 250 years.

Founded as Dowlais Ironworks in 1759, we have sat at the heart of some of the world’s greatest engineering achievements, from the first balloon flight in 1785 to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s rail legacy in 1838.


Taking off in new directions

Today, however, we are a far cry from our humble ironwork roots. 

A truly global business, GKN operates with 15,000 employees in 41 manufacturing locations in 13 countries around the world. All major aircraft and engine manufacturers rely on our advanced technologies. 

Our rich and varied history has formed us into a company with a unique reputation for quality, creativity and innovation.



What we do

Learn more about what we do for the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.



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