This development will make SDS a leading supplier of all-wheel drive (AWD) and electric-drive (eDrive) systems to these fast-growing segments of the Chinese car market.

SDS has been operating since 1988 and is the largest driveshaft manufacturer in China, producing both sideshafts and propshafts and supplying domestic and western brands from eight manufacturing plants. The SDS expansion extends the scope of the JV to cover the complete GKN Driveline range, including AWD and eDrive components and systems. 

GKN Driveline’s wholly owned facility in Shanghai will become part of the expanded JV. SDS will change its name to Shanghai GKN HUAYU Driveline Systems Co Ltd.
“China is the world’s largest car market and, together with our partner, HASCO, GKN has built a fantastic market leading position for SDS over the last 25 years,” said Andrew Reynolds Smith, GKN Automotive CEO.  "[The deal] provides the platform to accelerate our business in the fast growing Chinese SUV and all-wheel drive market. This is a very important step as we continue to grow by leveraging GKN’s leading technology and global footprint.”

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