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GKN plc Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2009

250 Year Anniversary

GKN 1759 - 2009. 250 Years of Exceptional Engineering

2009 marked the 250th anniversary of GKN’s founding in Dowlais, South Wales. From a single blast furnace fuelling a tiny iron works on the Welsh hillside, GKN has evolved over two and a half centuries to hold its place at the forefront of the engineering industry.

From its earliest days GKN has been a proud company and throughout 2009 employees from around the world joined with their families, friends and local communities to celebrate GKN’s heritage and achievements of the past 250 years.

The variety and number of events held, which also raised funds for local charities, is a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of our employees. Without this, GKN would not be where it is today.

250 year celebrations - Europe


“Even in difficult circumstances it is good that we can take the time to remember the heritage of a company which has survived through many a downturn in its 250 year history.”

250 year celebrations - Australia


“Happy birthday GKN! It’s been a tough 12 months but we’re looking forward to the next 250 years.”

250 year celebrations - North America

North America

“GKN’s 250th anniversary is a testament to its focus on people and performance excellence. Only a company that does this is able to manage itself through all types of change throughout the years.”

250 year celebrations - Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

“It was a wonderful opportunity for us to be part of GKN’s history as well as its future.”

250 year celebrations - South America

South America

“The 17th of September 2009 was a day that will remain in my memory, as it was a moment when all of us were together sharing the proud feelings of happiness for being part of GKN’s successful history.”

250 year celebrations - United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The Group’s celebrations culminated in a commemorative evening at London’s Science Museum, hosted by the Board and attended by former Directors, long-serving employees, customers, suppliers and Members of Parliament.

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