REDDITCH, England, October 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The shortlist of contenders for the 2013 SMMT Award Automotive Innovation supported by GKN Driveline, is published today. Partnered by the global engineer for the third year running, the Award is a celebration of the UK's leading edge capabilities in automotive design and engineering by identifying exceptional innovations which have the potential to transform the industry.
The shortlist, announced by the SMMT today, will have to present their innovations in front of a judging panel including; Dave Salt, Chief Engineer, GKN Driveline, Jim Higginbotham, Managing Director, Large Corporate and Special Asset Finance, Lombard, John Laughlin, Programme Manager - Low Carbon Vehicles, Technology Strategy Board, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive and Robert Lea, Industrial Editor, The Times.
The winner will be announced by Nigel Stein, GKN CEO at the SMMT Annual Dinner in London on 26th November 2013.
"Engineering Innovation is at the heart of GKN" Nigel Stein, GKN CEO "Sponsoring the SMMT award gives us an opportunity to support UK innovations shaping the future of the Automotive Industry"
"This year's shortlist represents the diversity of the UK Automotive Industry" Dave Salt GKN Driveline Chief Engineer UK "reviewing the projects and helping find this year's winner is a challenge that I am really looking forward to."
Details of the shortlist can be found on http://www.smmt.co.uk/aai
About GKN Driveline
GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world's leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline components - for use in the smallest ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the most complex driving dynamics.
GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 22 countries at 56 locations employing 22,000 people.
About the GKN Group
GKN plc is a global engineering business serving mainly the automotive, aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 32 countries, around 48,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and had sales of £6.9 billion in the year to 31 December 2012. GKN plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).
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