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Friday 05 May, 2006


Transaction in Own Shares

                                    GKN plc                                    

                  Purchase of own securities held in Treasury                  

GKN plc announces that on 5 May 2006 it purchased 500,000 of its ordinary
shares at a price of 314.98p per share from Credit Suisse Securities (Europe)
Limited. It is intended that these shares are held in Treasury.

Following the purchase, GKN plc holds 30,020,000 of its ordinary shares in
Treasury and has a total of 710,615,676 ordinary shares (excluding Treasury
shares) in issue.

                                  Grey Denham                                  

                               Company Secretary                               

                                  5 May 2006