GKN's investment automates the production of precision forgings used in the production of CVJ Systems. The main components of the automated flowline are an induction heater, an automatic multi-stage CL press and two presses for cold forming.

The new automated flowline will start production on 1st July.

"The investment of €20 million is the largest ever made by GKN Driveline Trier and has created an innovative system concept, the first of its kind in the world. It will improve safety; it introduces fully-automated flowlines; will minimise energy consumption; and allow us to be more responsive to the customer”, said Roland Seidel, managing director of GKN Driveline Trier.

 The main forgings of the new systems will be precision-formed up to 950°C, cooled, descaled, cold formed, washed and then treated with corrosion protection before quality control and despatch.