GKN Automotive Moves to Regional HQ in Auburn Hills


AUBURN HILLS — GKN Automotive has moved into a new regional headquarters for the Americas in Auburn Hills. The new facility is home to the company’s GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals divisions.

In addition to serving as regional headquarters for GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals, the new site also houses employees from GKN’s Land Systems and North American Services groups. The 168,000-square-foot facility is located on an 11.2-acre site at 2200 N. Opdyke Rd., previously occupied by Showcase Cinema.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills since 1986, GKN has more than 350 employees at the new location. In addition to employees from the previous headquarters, GKN consolidated an additional 40 team members from a facility at 36200 Mound Rd. in Sterling Heights, Mich. GKN’s new headquarters complex provides state-of-the-art testing and validation equipment along with additional engineering design areas for driveline and sinter metal products. The new facility provides the company with an additional 20 percent more space for engineering and testing activities.

“Moving into the new facility is an important step in supporting our customers around the world,” says Robert Willig, president, GKN Driveline Americas.  “Automakers are looking for supplier partners that can support their business globally and also provide a technical advantage that will increase vehicle performance, improve vehicle efficiency and meet the end customer’s need for performance and functionality. Increasing our engineering resources in terms of equipment and talent will give GKN Driveline a significant competitive edge.”