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Business Review

This business review (which is incorporated by reference into the Directors’ report) has been prepared to provide a fair review of the business of the Company and to describe the principal risks and uncertainties it faces. In doing so, it aims to provide a balanced and comprehensive analysis of the development and performance of the business of the Company during the 2008 financial year and the position of the Company at the end of the 2008 financial year, consistent with the size and complexity of its business. It has been prepared for the whole Group and therefore gives greater emphasis to those matters which are significant to GKN plc and its subsidiaries when viewed as a whole. The business review is addressed to and has been prepared for the members of the Company and it should not be relied upon by any other party or for any other purpose.

Group activities

GKN is a global engineering business serving mainly the automotive, industrial, off-highway and aerospace markets. The bulk of our sales are made to vehicle and aircraft manufacturers as well as, in Aerospace, to other major tier one suppliers. We operate in four different business areas:


Automotive activities comprise GKN Driveline and Other Automotive companies which supply driveshafts, geared components, torque management devices, structural and engine components and substrates for catalytic converters, largely to vehicle manufacturers in the global car and light vehicle markets.

Powder Metallurgy

Powder Metallurgy produces powdered metal and sintered components for automotive and other industrial customers.


OffHighway mainly designs and manufactures steel wheels and driveline products for the agricultural, construction and mining, and industrial machinery markets.


Aerospace activities are concentrated on the production of airframe and engine structures, components and assemblies for both military and civil aerospace markets.

Chevron GKN employees

The Group has operations in over 30 countries with 36,500 employees in subsidiary companies and a further 3,500 in joint ventures.