Our business

Rolls-Royce is all about delivering excellence, but there are many ways to do that, and by many different people.

The engines we make for commercial airlines, for instance, are different from the ones we build for the RAF. And the services we provide our nuclear customers are different from those we provide our marine customers.

But they all involve the same level of dedication and craftsmanship, the same pursuit of excellence we expect from everyone who works for us, no matter which business they're in.

Civil Aerospace
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Our civil aerospace business powers over 30 types of commercial aircraft, we have an enviable position in all sectors of the market - widebody, narrowbody and corporate and regional aircraft - and we support customers in nearly every country on the planet.

From helicopters and general aviation aircraft, to business jets and the world's largest airliners, we offer the industry's broadest range of engines. In fact, over 30,000 Rolls-Royce engines are currently in service with 650 airlines, freight operators and lessors and 4,000 corporate operators. At any given moment, around 400,000 people are flying in aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines, and every 2.5 seconds a Rolls-Royce powered aircraft is taking off or landing.

The Trent family of engines is one of our most impressive. Trent engines have 17,998 parts and contain around a third of the elements from the periodic table. Their blades are manufactured to be accurate to within ten microns - that's ten times less than the width of a human hair - and they can travel seven million miles between major services. Altogether our Trent engines have covered over 15,000 million miles - the equivalent of making 80 trips to the sun and back.

To find out more, visit www.rolls-royce.com/civil

Defence Aerospace
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Rolls-Royce is the world's second largest provider of defence aero-engine products and services, with 18,000 engines in service for 160 customers in over 100 countries. Our engines power aircraft in all sectors: transport, combat, reconnaissance, training, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The aircraft flown by the famous RAF display team, the Red Arrows, for instance, are powered by the Rolls-Royce Adour engine. The Adour is a two-shaft turbofan engine, with an engine cycle that has been designed to meet the dual requirements of ground attack and advanced training, either on land or carrier-based. Using the reheat power option, the Adour can achieve a thrust of up to 8,340lbf. As a result of its performance and reliability, we have sold over 2,800 of these engines, and recently secured an order from India worth £200 million.

To find out more, visit www.rolls-royce.com/defence

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Rolls-Royce has a world-leading range of capabilities in the marine market, encompassing the design, supply and support of power and propulsion systems. We are leaders in the integration of technologically complex, mission critical systems for offshore oil and gas, merchant and naval vessels

Right now we have some 650 Rolls-Royce designed and equipped vessels operating in the offshore oil and gas sector. And we have a significant presence in the naval market, powering 70 navies worldwide. All told, we have over 2,500 marine customers and equipment installed on over 30,000 vessels.

Despite challenging market conditions, we're experiencing strong profit growth. The US Navy recently ordered ten MT30-powered Littoral Combat Ships, we just secured our first order for the revolutionary wave-piercing UT-Design vessel and we've also received a new commission for our Bergen engines, which will be used to power the world's largest gas-powered ferry.

To find out more, visit www.rolls-royce.com/marine

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The global expansion of the nuclear market gives us huge scope to create innovative solutions that will change the way the world is powered - creating unparalleled opportunities to work on ground-breaking projects.

We have a long history of expertise in the nuclear industry. For over 50 years now Rolls-Royce has been helping Naval and commercial utility customers maximise plant operation and extend plant lifetimes. During this period we've developed a reputation for safety, reliability and world-class engineering and manufacturing.

This is an exciting time to be in the nuclear industry, particularly at Rolls-Royce. We offer a unique proposition: the option to work across the nuclear spectrum, from licensing, new build and obsolescence management to through-life support within both civil and defence projects.

The world needs the finest minds to work on innovative solutions to energy security and global defence. And nowhere will those minds find greater support than at Rolls-Royce.

To find out more, visit www.rolls-royce.com/nuclear

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Rolls-Royce has a wealth of experience in providing service support for our customers' engines. Over the last five years we've taken these services to new levels in response to the change in customer demand. Our vision is to always be customers' first choice when they are looking for service support for our products.

As much as 50% of the Group's business now comes from full-life care contracts with our customers. Our engineers monitor, maintain and overhaul our products, making sure they perform at optimum levels throughout their entire lifespan. The Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine Services business, for example, has 16 sites on four continents and the capability to overhaul 40 engine types, providing comprehensive support to our civil fleet of around 4,500 installed engineers.

With the strong market need for our service support, it's no surprise that business has been booming. In fact, Services revenues increased by 13% last year to £5.5 billion. Right now we have over 30 marine service centres in operation around the world and 350 industrial gas turbines covered by long-term service contracts. We also recently secured major contracts for our Tornado, Typhoon and C-130J engines.

Planning and control
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Around 70% of the value of the parts that comprise a Rolls-Royce engine come from other manufacturers. When you then consider that a Trent engine, for example, contains up to 18,000 separate parts, you get an idea of how important our purchasing and supply chain teams are to our success.

We manage a network of 660 preferred suppliers and a total of over 8,000 suppliers around the world. We ensure that products are delivered on-time and to agreed standards. We do this by managing every aspect of the supply chain process, from identifying the raw materials to overseeing the actual delivery.

As high as our expectations are for our suppliers, they're even higher for ourselves. Not only do we strive to keep down operating costs through simpler, better process solutions, but we're continually moving closer to our ultimate aim of ensuring that Rolls-Royce is driven by standard processes, no matter which country we're operating in.

Head office
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Every great product needs a great business behind it. This means having an effective business model, clear objectives, advanced IT systems and a dedicated workforce. It means providing a framework that inspires future leaders. That encourages collaboration. That helps people focus on the jobs they're meant to do and fulfil the potential they have. Whether your interest lies in IT, HR, Finance or another Head Office department, you'll play a critical role in keeping the company running.