Approximately 300 new product launches are scheduled at GKN Sinter Metals facilities for 2002, including 80 engine and transmission components, 36 body & chassis components and 30 parts for hydraulic applications. Specific to the P/M production process, the company's Technology Group has been working to reduce the number of powder blends the company uses, further standardize design and tool production, continue conversion of selected sintering atmospheres to a single and optimal atmosphere, increase automation in sizing operations and undertake additional technical improvements to secondary operations.