By sharing expertise, GKN Additive aims to accelerate adoption of Metal Additive Manufacturing in China for the automotive market
GKN Additive, the Additive Manufacturing (AM) arm of the global aerospace and automotive engineering Group GKN announced the opening of its first customer center in Danyang, China. The new state-of-the-art facility will educate customers and partners about all aspects of metal 3D printing where they can also work with GKN Additive’s engineers to design and print components with prototyping workshops.
The opening of the new facility extends GKN Additive’s global print network to Asia. The company already has six R&D manufacturing locations across Europe, North America and Asia which together form a digital print network, embedded in Industry 4.0 that ensure global scalability and faster delivery to the customers of GKN Additive.
Speaking about how the new facility will help to tap the largest automotive market in the world, Guido Degen, President Additive Manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy said, “China is the world’s largest automotive market and automotive manufacturing country for conventional and new energy vehicles. Automotive development activities have shifted from traditional regions to China, and this leads to an increased demand on new technologies like additive manufacturing.”
“We believe that metal additive manufacturing is one of the future processes that will have great effect on the automotive industry and electric vehicle production. From saving time to market through rapid prototyping to redesigning and rethinking parts and assemblies for additive, to reduced inventories by on-demand replacements – metal AM adds value during the whole component life cycle,” added Degen.
GKN Powder Metallurgy, comprising of GKN Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals and GKN Additive which employs a team of more than 500 people across two locations in Danyang and Yizheng has already established itself as one of the top five suppliers to the Chinese premium automotive market. Since GKN Powder Metallurgy entered China in 2006, has been involved in manufacturing of highly engineered metal powders and sintered products primarily for automotive engine, transmission and body & chassis applications.
In 2018 both facilities supplied millions of VVT rotors, VVT stators and synchronizer hubs to leading Chinese automakers such as Schaeffler, Denso, VW, Getrag and JATCO.