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Wednesday 09 January, 2002

GKN PLC

Holding in Company

GKN PLC
9 January 2002

GKN plc Ordinary 50p Shares 
Notification of Major Interest in Shares

In accordance with Stock Exchange requirements we wish to advise you that we 
yesterday received notification from Zurich Scudder Investments Limited on 
behalf of Zurich Financial Services and its Group that they have a notifiable 
interest in the issued share capital of GKN plc having increased their material 
interests to 22,019,899 ordinary shares as at 8 January 2002. This represents 
3.02% of the issued share capital of GKN plc as at today's date.

Details of the registered holders are set out on the schedule below.

         
GKN plc

Registered Owner                                   Ordinary 50p Shares          
                                  
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 09890              367,505
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 02891           12,144,145
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 07198              190,847  
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 11121               42,000            
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 07201              737,044
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 07205            2,112,465
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 03449            1,578,843   
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 07199              122,000
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 21688            1,121,876   
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 02642              986,357 
Littledown Nominees Limited        A/c 07207            1,870,000   
RBSTB Nominees Ltd                 A/c 0199498001          81,678
RBSTB Nominees Ltd                 A/c 0199467005          25,801               
RBSTB Nominees Ltd                 A/c 0199467002          14,824
RBSTB Nominees Ltd                 A/c 0199467001          31,244
RBSTB Nominees Ltd                 A/c 0199474001         593,260 

TOTAL                                                  22,019,899

Notes

Littledown Nominees Ltd is a nominee for the ZFS Group subsidiaries:  Allied 
Dunbar Assurance plc, Zurich Financial Services UK (AD) Pension Scheme; Eagle 
Star Insurance Company Ltd; Eagle Star Life Assurance Company Ltd; Zurich 
Financial Services UK Pension Trustee Limited; Eagle Star Executives Pension 
Trustee Ltd; Eagle Star Securities Ltd; Sceptre Trust Ltd; Home & Overseas 
Insurance Company Ltd; Zurich Scudder Pension Managers Ltd; and J.P. Morgan 
Trustee and Depositary Company Ltd, the Trustee for Eagle Star Unit Managers Ltd
and the Depositary to Threadneedle Investment Funds ICVC. 

RBSTB Nominees Ltd is a nominee for the ZFS Group subsidiaries: Zurich Insurance
Company (UK) Ltd, Zurich Life Assurance Company Ltd and Zurich International 
(UK) Limited. 

ZFS is Zurich Financial Services, a company incorporated in Switzerland. 

This notification is made on behalf of:

Zurich Financial Services UK (AD) Pension Scheme and Allied Dunbar Assurance 
plc;

Eagle Star Group Services Ltd, Eagle Star Insurance Company Ltd, Eagle Star Life
Assurance Company Ltd, Zurich Financial Services UK Pension Trustee Limited, 
Eagle Star Executives Pension Trustee Ltd and Eagle Star Holdings Limited;

Zurich Scudder Investments Ltd, Zurich Scudder Pension Managers Ltd and Zurich 
Scudder Investments Holdings Ltd;

Geneva Life Insurance Company, Zurich International (UK) Ltd, Zurich Life 
Insurance Company, Assuricum AG; Zurich Specialties London Ltd, Zurich Holdings 
(UK) Ltd, Zurich Life Assurance Company Ltd, Zurich Insurance Company (UK) Ltd 
and Zurich Insurance Company. 

Allied Zurich Holdings Ltd, Zurich Scudder Investments Inc, ZKI Holding 
Corporation, Zurich Financial Services (UKISA) Ltd, Zurich Group Holding, Zurich
Holding Company of America Inc, Zurich Insurance Company and Allied Zurich plc 
the intermediate holding companies of the aforementioned companies, and Zurich 
Financial Services, their ultimate holding company. 

The shares could be available for lending and this could lead to a short term 
re-registration. 

8 Jan 2002