A History of GKN

Volume 1 Innovation and Enterprise, 1759–1918

  • Authors
  • Edgar Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Iron in South Wales, 1759–1850

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edgar Jones
      Pages 59-95
  3. Engineering in the Midlands, 1850–1900

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
  4. Steel and Coal in Wales, 1850–1914

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Edgar Jones
      Pages 239-287
    3. Edgar Jones
      Pages 289-327
  5. Into the Twentieth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Edgar Jones
      Pages 379-401
    3. Edgar Jones
      Pages 403-416
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 417-442

About this book


This is the story of a major business enterprise. It describes the transformation of a small partnership, formed in 1759, into an international group, the scale of whose diverse activities has demanded the creation of a multi-divisional structure, supported by many specialist departments. Probably the most longeval of Britain's current manufacturing companies, GKN's history may be interpreted as a unique and revealing insight into Britain's industrial experience over past centuries.


business innovation Manufacturing transformation

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