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Dowlais Ironworks founded

The Ironworks is founded in Dowlais, South Wales, and quickly starts producing 1,000 tonnes of iron each year.


Forging Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds

A series of deals, takeovers and mergers in the early 20th century, including the purchase of Dowlais Iron Co., leads to the creation of Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (later rebranded as GKN). By 1905, this was the largest iron, steel and coal group in the UK.


Moving into the automotive industry

The nationalisation of its collieries prompts the business to diversify and start producing propeller shafts and constant velocity joints.


Pioneering new technology

Following acquisitions, GKN Automotive enhances its constant velocity joint expertise and pioneers its use in front wheel drive cars like the Mini.


Expanding global reach

GKN Automotive becomes the first Tier 1 automotive supplier to establish a joint venture in China. This joint venture, known as SDS, becomes the leading driveshaft supplier for the rapidly growing Chinese market.


Growth of Powder Metallurgy

The expansion of the GKN Powder Metallurgy business starts in earnest with a series of international acquisitions that significantly grow its capabilities.


Growing all-wheel drive(AWD) expertise

GKN Automotive invests significantly in its all-wheel drive capabilities, strengthening its position as the leading supplier of drive systems for light vehicles.


Establishing Dowlais

Dowlais Group plc lists on the London Stock Exchange. The Group comprises GKN Automotive, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Hydrogen.