GKN operates in 17 countries across Europe, employing around 28,000 people in more than 60 manufacturing facilities.

A British business originally established in 1759, the UK remains home to their global headquarters.

The Aerospace division has a site in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

GKN open voluntary resignation scheme on the Isle of Wight (updated)

entrance to gkn aerospace

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the voluntary resignation scheme has been opened due to a change in demand

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 11:09am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

GKN Isle of Wight furlough around a quarter of staff

entrance to gkn aerospace

The furloughed staff are expected to be redeployed on ventilator production in the coming days and weeks

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 3:23pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight companies donate or help make vital equipment in the fight against Coronavirus

MHI Vestas delivering donated items

MHI Vestas and GKN Aerospace are both involved in donating or making items to help in the fight against Coronavirus

Monday, 30th March, 2020 7:55pm

By Sally Perry

Talented school children representing the Isle of Wight today in national STEM finals

gurnard primary pupils at gkn

Ten-year-old pupils from the Isle of Wight will be representing the Island today (Tuesday) at the national finals of the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 8:55am

By Vanessa Hicks

£11m investment will allow one of the Isle of Wight’s largest employers to ‘thrive and grow’

Quality inspection at Cowes

The general manager says the investment means the facility in East Cowes, which employs over 1,000 Islanders, will not only be able to survive, but thrive and grow.

Friday, 7th June, 2019 11:56am

By Sally Perry

Hostile takeover of GKN leads to Isle of Wight job fears

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Local councillor says as the largest employer in East Cowes, GKN's continued presence is "vitally important", not only to local economy, but also to the education of young people and the local communities.

Friday, 30th March, 2018 4:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

MP shares concerns again over possible GKN takeover

bob seely on gkn

For a second time this month, Isle of Wight MP raises concerns about the jobs of GKN workers should shareholders of the global engineering business accept the unsolicited takeover by Melrose.

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 7:15am

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

MP concerned over possible GKN takeover

bob seely

The Isle of Wight MP believes this is a concerning development for GKN and for its operation on the Island.

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 8:19pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

GKN reject takeover bid that values the company at £7bn


GKN is located in over 30 countries, and includes manufacturing operations in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 12th January, 2018 1:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Floating Bridge: Support for frontline workers demanded by Cowes Labour

floating bridge from cowes

The Cowes and East Cowes Branch Labour Party say the crews and support staff have had a very difficult job to do and faced great criticism over a situation which is not of their making.

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017 9:31am

By Will Matthews with 21 readers' comments

Isle of Wight’s GKN takes Silver at prestigious business awards

thumbs up well done

GKN, based in East Cowes, picked up a Silver Health and Safety Award for achieving the most impressive or innovative improvement in the health and safety culture of the workplace.

Monday, 20th November, 2017 4:44pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Bombardier/Boeing tariff row: Could Isle of Wight jobs be affected?

gkn bombardier and boeing

GKN produce and supply winglets to aircraft manufacturers, Bombardier and Boeing. So will the current trade row have an impact on jobs here? OnTheWight seeks to find out.

Wednesday, 27th September, 2017 7:05pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments