GKN Sinter Metals hosted the first round of talks between manufacturing companies in Bonn on 23 June, in cooperation with Bonn Business Development.
Managing directors and decision makers from Bonn (Germany) met at GKN Sinter Metals
Managing directors and decision makers from 12 business in the industrial sector of the region and representatives from the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Industry and Commerce came together at the invitation of Business Development and GKN Sinter Metals to discuss a range of current topics relating to additive manufacturing processes and Industry 4.0. Ideas and experiences were exchanged, and the opportunity was given to visit GKN’s production facilities.
This event marks the prelude to a network of manufacturing companies working together in dialogue with Business Development to identify and develop common fields.
Guido Degen, SVP Business Development & Advanced Technology, GKN Powder Metallurgy, commented: “As manufacturing companies, firstly we can learn a great deal from one other, and secondly, the network allows us to promote current issues, such as the digitization of the city of Bonn, in a much stronger way. We are pleased to have secured the city as a partner for this idea.”
Victoria Appelbe, the Head of Bonn Business Development, emphasised that Bonn should not only be seen as a service location. “It is important that the city of Bonn also stands for the production of material goods, as well as providing services, so that the economic structure is balanced and jobs are also readily available in manufacturing“ explained Appelbe.
About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 6,000 employees.
About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.