GKN Driveline expects vehicle production in China to reach 15 million units by 2014 so to keep pace with customer demand, its production capacity for CVJ (constant velocity joint) systems and AWD (all-wheel-drive) systems in China also will grow by more than 50% in the next four years.

Manufacture in China of the company's propshafts for AWD vehicles is also expected to nearly double from 400,000 in 2010 to 800,000 in 2014. Moreover, the number of GKN Driveline employees in China also is expected to climb by 50% over a five-year period. During this time, GKN Driveline plans to introduce electric-vehicle technology and produce new, low-cost systems for China's small-car market as well.
In 2011, GKN is opening its 12th production facility in China  – a 14,556 m2 plant in Changchun with capacity to build one million sideshafts a year. Employment at the new facility is expected to reach 250 by the end of the year, and a 10,000 m2, phase-two expansion of the plant will increase its capacity to 2.5-million sideshafts within the next five years.
"Our success in China parallels the rapid growth of this country's auto industry," said Marc Vuarchex, managing director for GKN Driveline's Asia Pacific region. “Interest in our CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems technologies has never been stronger."