Innovations

No false modesty: We at GKN Sinter Metals are at the forefront of trends and innovation. We have a clear vision of what’s to come – and we’d like to share and discuss our points of view, ideas, plans and achievements with you.

Technologies

Rapid prototyping enabled by Additive Manufacturing, high-density storage of hydrogen in metal hydride tanks: the team at GKN Sinter Metals is bringing game-changing technologies to life. We’ll keep you updated on the latest trends and applications.

Behind the Scenes

People – Products – Processes. We’ll take you behind the scenes of these three main pillars of GKN Sinter Metals and give you insights into our way of creating innovations – always from a very personal perspective.

Authors

Alessandro DeNicolo

I am a passionate engineer, focused on technical challenges and excited about what PM technology can offer. The limits of technology are far ahead of where we are today, and it’s exciting to be a part of the process.

My name is Alessandro DeNicolo, and I am Vice President of Engineering, Global Small Components, located at GKN Bruneck in Italy. My expertise is in developing product selections for customer quotes, overseeing customer commitments, and coordinating tooling and design.

I approach our customers with energy and enthusiasm to increase their confidence in our technology. This is a very favorable period, especially for small components, because we are experiencing a revolution - the electrification of the vehicle. To me, this is the true meaning of innovation: adaption to the ever-evolving market.

Studying science and engineering at University of Trento, I was first introduced to Powder Metallurgy. I went on to complete a thesis on PM at the Fraunhofer Institute in Bremen, Germany. My career at GKN started in 2008 as Product Development Manager at the Bruneck plant. In 2010, I became Engineering Manager for the Bruneck and Bonn plants, and was subsequently promoted to my current role.

TRENDS IN ELECTRIFICATION

Electric pumps: An increase in vehicle efficiency

Automotive electrification started in a modest way: as convenience items, like electric windows and door locks. Now, CO2 requirements have tightened and more electrified subsystems are...