GKN Driveline expands production capacity in Turkey with €4.5 million plant expansion

The world’s leading driveline technology supplier, has expanded production capacity at its Eskişehir plant in Turkey to meet growing demand from automakers located in the country.

A new manufacturing facility at the GKN Driveline Eskişehir plant will more than double the plant’s total size to 6,300 square meters, increasing driveshaft  production capacity to 1.8 million units per year.

GKN Automotive Chief Executive Andy Reynolds Smith officially opened the expansion today at a inauguration ceremony  attended by leading GKN Driveline executives, customers, employees and local dignitaries.

As part of the €4.5 million investment programme, GKN Driveline Eskişehir has added an assembly line, as well as expanding warehousing facilities. Located on a 9.5 acre site, the plant currently employs 130 people, with plans to increase that by 70 over the next five years.

GKN Driveline Eskişehir, which supplies a number of major global car manufacturers in Turkey, including Ford, Renault, Honda, Fiat and Toyota, began operations in Turkey in 2009.

GKN Automotive Chief Executive Andy Reynolds Smith welcomed the launch. He said: “Turkey is a growing market for GKN Driveline and this expansion will enable us to meet the emerging needs of our customers. GKN prides itself on its global footprint and this new facility demonstrates our committment to expansion in our key markets, and to invest in our business to ensure customers continue to receive excellent service.”

Gökhan Pişkin, incoming GKN Driveline Eskişehir Plant Director, said: “GKN has great confidence in Turkey’s automotive sector. Turkey produced approximately 1.1 million light vehicles last year, a figure that is forecast to rise by nearly one third in the coming years, so the future is very exciting. A number of the world’s major car manufacturers are located in the country, including FCA, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Renault and Toyota, and many have committed to further growth in this emerging automotive manufacturing hub.”

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