GKN's planned acquisition of Swedish-based Volvo Aero reinforces the UK manufacturer's foothold in the propulsion sector, through activities in a large number of civil programmes.
Volvo Aero has just delivered the first components it is supplying to the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan for the Airbus A320neo.
The components, which include the load-bearing turbine exhaust case and the intermediate case, will be fitted on the first test engine later this year.
"It's been a lot of work but all functions have contributed greatly," says turbine exhaust case project manager Stefan Hansson.
Variants of the geared turbofan will also be used on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Bombardier CSeries.
Volvo Aero builds the intermediate compressor case for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, the powerplant for the Airbus A350, as well as the Trent 900 for the A380. It also supplies the turbine casing for the other A380 powerplant, the Engine Alliance GP7000.
The company manufacturers engine components for the Boeing 787's Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx, and is active across several other popular engine platforms - among them the GE90, International Aero Engines V2500, CFM International CFM56 and Trent 700.
GKN has a similar line of manufacturing activity, including metallic and composite casings for the Trent 1000, plus frames, ducts and vanes on a range of other engines, including the GP7000, Trent 700 and GE90.
Divestment of Volvo Aero to GKN - which has just enhanced its aerospace business with a new contract for 787-9 horizontal stabiliser parts - will conclude a process which started in November last year, when parent Volvo began looking to sell the aero engine operation in order to focus on commercial vehicles.
Volvo chief Olof Persson says that GKN will be a "strong new owner" for Volvo Aero and provide the "best possible conditions for continued advancement in its industry".
Both Volvo Aero and GKN have military engine supply businesses as well.