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Introduction

GKN Wheels and Structures' heritage dates back to 1910 when the world's first steel wheel was made by the company. With headquarters based in the UK, today they have manufacturing bases in China, Denmark, Italy, the UK and the USA, as well as world class test facilities in both Italy and the USA.They are a leading manufacturer of off highway wheels and an innovative engineering solutions provider, offering a full service from design, manufacture and testing to after sales support from their global team of commercial and engineering experts. Working in partnership with OEM's and distributors on a truly global basis, they work to provide solutions that will meet the demand for bigger payloads, increased speed and ever more stringent technical specifications.

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Markets & Wheel Types

GKN Wheels and Structures provide wheels to a number of different markets. Each of their wheels has been put through rigorous testing to ensure it meets the demands of each particular application. Years of research has allowed them to innovate and create new rim profiles and wheel types which will better suit customers. They have two state-of-the-art Technical Centres. These are responsible for testing customised and modified wheel designs for manufacturers of off-highway plant and machinery used in the construction, agricultural, mining and material handling sectors. GKN Wheels and Structures Technical Centres are located in Woodridge, Illinois, USA and Carpenedolo, Italy.


  • Agricultural

    GKN Wheels and Structures is a leading manufacturer of single piece fixed and adjustable wheels suitable for tractors, combines, towed agricultural implements and trailed applications.

  • Construction

    GKN Wheels and Structures designs, tests and manufactures a range of wheels in sizes up to 63” diameter to suit vehicle applications, including loaders, rigid dump trucks, articulated dump trucks and motor graders.

  • Forestry

    Forestry machines operate in difficult terrain, generating high loads and stresses on wheel rims. GKN Wheels and Structures are purpose designed and field tested for these tough conditions.

  • Industrial

    Heavy engineering environments require durable, reliable wheels able to tolerate high loads and stability.

  • Light Construction

    GKN Wheels and Structures is a recognised leader in the design, manufacture and supply of 3 and 5 piece multi-piece wheels to the construction industry.

  • Mining

    GKN Wheels and Structures designs, tests and manufactures a range of wheels in sizes up to 63” diameter to suit vehicle applications, including quarry haul trucks and large mining trucks.

  • Other

    GKN Wheels and Structures offers innovative custom solutions across all markets and sectors, drawing on extensive technical expertise. We provide support from concept, through design, analysis and testing.


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Wheel Types

  • 3-Piece

    3-Piece rims offer cost and performance benefits which have resulted in this type of wheel becoming the industry standard in some sectors.
  • 4-Piece

    Forklift Wheels are subject to fatigue due to heavy stress in service but GKN Forklift Wheel's reliability and life span is increased due to focus on fatigue design which includes lab fatigue tests, field stress acquisition data and back to back Finite Element Analysis.
  • 5-Piece

    Standard 5-Piece rims are made for tubeless operation with reinforced bead seat bands and back section.
  • 7-Piece

    Changing a tire assembly on a mining machine can be challenging and time consuming, but with Swift Change Rims tire removal is significantly faster
  • Adjustable Lugs

    For applications with low horse power, Adjustable Lug wheels could give more flexibility and convenience.
  • Fixed

    Fixed wheels are made up of two components and have excellent strength and performance even at high loads and speeds.
  • Profi-Fit

    GKN's innovative Profi-fit Wheel is the perfect solution for low pressure agricultural tires applications around the world.
  • Profi-Flex

    The Profi-flex Wheel is GKN Wheels and Structures manually adjustable variable track wheel and a well proven industry standard.
  • Profi-Line

    The Profi-line rim has been designed specifically for agricultural trailed and other load-bearing vehicles.
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