GKN: The Making of a Business, 1759 - 2009

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 16, 2012 - Business & Economics - 392 pages
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The company that became GKN was forged in the first fires of the Industrial Revolution. And through the two-and-a-half centuries of its remarkable life, GKN has proved a master of Industrial Evolution. From a single blast furnace fuelling a tiny iron works on a remote Welsh hillside, GKN was built by a group of men – and one woman – into a world leader. Not just once or twice, but many times, it has changed shape and direction to hold its place at the forefront of the engineering industry.

When iron gave birth to the worldwide railway boom in the early 1800s, GKN was there. It was among the first to seize the opportunities created when steel superseded iron in the 1860s. After the First World War, GKN moved into the 20th century’s greatest new industry – automotive. Late in the century, when aerospace began to be transformed by the use of new materials, GKN was at the leading edge.

Geographically too, the company has evolved. As the balance of economic growth has shifted, from Britain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to America, continental Western Europe and Japan in the 20th and on to the emerging powers of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe in the 21st century, the group has moved with it and frequently ahead of it. Today, the businesses that comprise GKN reach from the US to the eastern shores of Japan, from northern China and India to South Africa, Latin America and Australia. GKN is a truly global corporate citizen.

This is its remarkable story.

 

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Contents

The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 1 Iron Men and an Iron Lady
1
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 2 World Leader
15
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 3 The Steel Age
25
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 4 Keen Guest and Nettlefolds
45
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 5 The EmpireBuilder from Merthyr
63
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 6 Depression and Rearmament
73
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 7 The Fight for Steel
85
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 8 Metal Bashing
97
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 18 Transformation
207
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 19 The Japanese Connection
225
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 20 An Era Ends
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The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 21 A Stake in Westland
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The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 22 Reformation
263
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 23 LiftOff
275
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 24 Courtroom Battle
289
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 25 Acquisition Drive
301

The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 9 Constant Velocity
107
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 10 White Heat and Cold Comfort
121
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 11 Crossroads
133
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 12 In Face of Strife
141
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 13 Farewell to a Hot Forger
149
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 14 A Pallet Pool Is Born
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The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 15 Shot Down
167
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 16 On the Front Line
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The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 17 Baptism of Fire
193
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 26 Parting of the Ways
311
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 27 Rump or Fillet
323
The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 28 Moving South Driving East
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The Making of a Business 17592009 chapter 29 The Ultimate Challenge
345
The Making of a Business 17592009 Conclusion
353
The Making of a Business 17592009 Select Bibliography
357
The Making of a Business 17592009 Index
359
The Making of a Business 17592009 Color plates
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About the author (2012)

Andrew Lorenz is chairman of the UK Financial Communications division of FD, the Business Communications consultancy. He was previously Business Editor of The Sunday Times from 1989 to 2000. He was Business Journalist of the Year in 2000 and Manufacturing Industry Journalist of the Year in 1999 and 2000. He is the author of four previous books, including End of the Road: BMW and Rover, which he co-authored and which was listed by The Independent as one of the 10 best business books.

He is married to Helen and they have two sons, James and Harry. They live in Berkshire.

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