2007-11-25 - Rolls-Royce investsRolls-Royce invests in new facilities
Expansionspläne bei britischem Triebwerkshersteller<br /> Rolls-Royce announced plans to invest in two new aero engine facilities in Singapore and in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.
The Company had previously announced that it was considering possible locations in Asia and the US. The decision to locate the new facilities in the US and Singapore has been driven by three strategic considerations: the attractions of locating major facilities close to customers in two of the largest and fastest growing aerospace markets in the world; the business continuity benefits that will arise from locating the assembly and test of Trent engines on two continents; and a reduction in the Company's exposure to the dollar.
Sir John Rose, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive, commented: "These latest investments in world-class facilities are further evidence of our success in aerospace markets and the continuing trend towards the globalization of our operations. They also build on our existing international presence and relationships and will bring us closer to key customers in Asia and the US. The total investment in these two new facilities, which amounts to £150 million over the next five years, will comprise two elements:
In the light of the Company's success in the modern wide-body aircraft market and the need to develop increased capacity, Rolls-Royce will build a new facility in Singapore to assemble and test large civil engines, starting with the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787 and the Trent XWB for the Airbus A350 XWB. Together with its existing UK facility in Derby, this will provide the Company with a dual sourcing capability for the assembly and test of large civil engines, including future new versions of the Trent engine.
The new facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia will assemble and test the RB282, the engine selected in June by Dassault to power its new super midsize corporate jet and potentially the first in a family of small engines for the corporate and regional jet market. More than 90 per cent of corporate aircraft are manufactured in the US, which is today the most significant market for these products. The development and production proving programmes for the RB282 will be undertaken in the UK at recently completed facilities in Bristol. The new facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia will also have the capability to undertake blisk manufacture for the F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). It will also provide the Company with options for future advanced manufacturing activities as opportunities arise.