GKN Driveline suppliers

GKN Driveline supplier area

GKN Driveline is the world's leading automotive driveline technology and systems engineer.

With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world's car manufacturers. Strong relationships with our supplier base is vital in helping us develop the driveline technologies of the future and we take great pride in our partnerships with suppliers, based on mutual value creation and sharing and growing business together in a sustainable way.


GKN Driveline's Purchasing Strategy aims to maximize value creation for mutual benefit through excellence in innovation, new product and process development and operation.

  • World Class Supplier Quality and Service
  • Best in class and sustainable economic performances
  • Excellence in business acquisitions and programmes
  • Support profitable growth
  • Strong supplier relationships for mutual benefit

To support our strategy, we have developed a Purchasing Excellence system in 4 areas: Strategy, Sourcing, Supplier Integration and Performance.

Supplier value proposal

At GKN, we believe that sustainable value creation requires fair and mutually profitable relationships.

As a Value Proposal we offer to our suppliers:

  • Strong and reliable group as market leader
  • Good business development opportunities
  • Long-term partnership
  • Consistent and increasing volumes

In return we expect:

  • World class Quality & Logistic performances
  • Commitment to GKN
  • High competitiveness and strong financial health
  • Support for GKN business and growth

GKN Driveline purchasing organisation

GKN Driveline’s Purchasing organisation has been created to establish global world-class strategic sourcing capabilities. 

Commodity strategies are defined together by global and regional commodity buyers and these teams are responsible for supplier relationship management. They are supported by regional supplier quality and development (SQD) resources for specific projects according to the strategies. Purchasing in Programmes is managed by regional programme buyers and supplier quality program (SQP) engineers. Day-to-day purchasing is managed by plant buyers and supplier quality assurance resources, supported by commodity and supplier quality teams (SQA). 


At GKN, we believe that sustainable value creation requires fair and mutually profitable relationships.

GKN Driveline will continue to implement its business strategy in a sustainable way by committing to:

  • Satisfying customers
  • Protection of the environment
  • Product and process development
  • Efficient use of natural resources
  • Training and developing people
  • Supporting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and not tolerating the use of child labour or forced labour in our own operations or those of our suppliers and sub-contractors

We believe in conducting business with integrity, fairness and respect in all countries where we have a presence. Our employees will not, directly or indirectly, offer or accept bribes or other similar payments for the purpose of influencing business decisions and we expect our suppliers to have policies and procedures in place. We will manage our supplier relationships in good faith and we expect suppliers to exercise similar discretion.

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