Rolls-Royce Engine Manufacturing
Rolls-Royce is set to invest £150m into new and existing civil aerospace facilities in the East Midlands, safeguarding 7,000 jobs.
The investment will help the engine maker double its engine production volume and deliver on its record civil aerospace order book.
It will take place over the next few years and will provide additional capacity as it develops and tests the next generation of aero engines.
The majority of the investment, which is in-line with the group’s ongoing planned expenditure, will provide a new facility for the testing of large civil aero engines in Derby, the home of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division.
The new testbed will be capable of testing a range of engines including the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB and is the world’s fastest selling civil large engine with over 1,600 on order from 45 customers in 31 countries.
Rolls-Royce will also be investing in its large engine Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility in Derby, as well as its manufacturing facilities in Derby and Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The group has also committed to retaining the Precision Machining Facility (PMF) in Derby, which it previously announced would be closed.
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, president of civil aerospace, said: “This investment comes at a time of unprecedented growth in Rolls-Royce. We are doubling the production of new engines at the same time as introducing three new engines to the market.
“With this investment, we are creating the capacity and flexibility to deliver on our goals, while committing to sustain employment in the UK and I would like to thank the unions for their support in delivering this important package of investment.”
Business secretary, Greg Clark MP, added: “This announcement underpins the critical role the UK plays within the global aerospace sector. The UK and Rolls-Royce are known throughout the world as pioneers of advanced engineering technology.
“I welcome the confidence the company is showing in the UK. This is just the type of investment our modern Industrial Strategy is looking to attract. These new facilities are good news for Rolls-Royce, its UK suppliers and our economy.”
Rolls-Royce currently employs around 22,300 people in the UK, across a range of skilled jobs, including more than 600 apprentices.
In addition to the Trent XWB engine, Rolls-Royce assembles the Trent 700 and Trent 900 engines in Derby, powering the Airbus A330 and the Airbus A380 respectively.
Sir John Peace, chair of the Midlands Engine, said: “I very much welcome the excellent news of the £150m investment by Rolls Royce in new and existing civil aerospace facilities in Derby and Hucknall.
"The investment will safeguard and create high value jobs in the Midlands and is a vote of confidence in the region's ability to lead the national challenge of increasing productivity and driving economic growth.
The Midlands is home to a good number of globally successful advanced technology businesses that are supported by strong supply chains and an innovation and research rich industrial and academic culture.
"Businesses that are at the heart of our plans for the Midlands to become known nationally and internationally as the best place in Britain to live, work, study and invest.”