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GKN Fokker Turns 100, Celebrates Landmark

A Dutch industry-wide celebration event took place on 14 March in Amsterdam, to jointly recognise the centenaries of GKN Fokker, Royal NLR and KLM.

In September, GKN Fokker will host an employee celebration in the Netherlands. GKN Fokker’s outstanding people and technologies were fully integrated into GKN Aerospace in 2015.  Hundred years ago, aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker registered the ‘’Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek,’’ which led to the formation of the Fokker business.

The company is now a leader in aerostructures, engine systems and special technologies, and has a global manufacturing footprint of 50 sites in 15 countries. Many advanced aircraft have GKN Fokker innovations on board, and over 400 Fokker aircraft are operational worldwide.

“100 years on, we have achieved the dream of our founder, with our future firmly built on the foundation of a century of innovation,” said John Pritchard, CEO of GKN Aerospace ASEA. “The entrepreneurship of Anthony Fokker has evolved into the world-class GKN Aerospace business. We are proud to be part of the successful Netherlands aviation industry, together with KLM, NLR and many other businesses. We are perfectly positioned to shape a sustainable aerospace future together.”

Anthony Fokker’s first Dutch flight was carried out on 31 August 1911 around the St BAVO church in Haarlem.

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