(Change Language: View in German )


Rolls-Royce Deutschland heritage

Rolls-Royce enjoys relationships with German companies and public agencies that extend back for over 90 years. These relationships were further strengthened following the foundation of BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH in 1990.

For almost two decades since then, Rolls-Royce has been an established part of the German aerospace industry.

The engine factory in Oberursel (“Motorenfabrik Oberursel”) has a history of engine construction that goes back even further. Founded over 115 years ago, it is one of the longest established factories in the world, not just within the Rolls-Royce Group.

The company has a museum of its own which offers further interesting insights into the history of the site.

Timeline - Rolls-Royce in Germany since 1990


Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG sells KHD Luftfahrttechnik GmbH to BMW AG. This is followed by the foundation of BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH (owned 50.5% by BMW AG and 49.5% by Rolls-Royce plc) on the site of the former KHD Luftfahrttechnik premises in Oberursel. The purpose of the new joint venture is to develop, produce and market a modern family of engines for the world market.


Development of the BR700 core engine gets under way. To make way for the production of BR700 components and parts, the Oberursel factory is reorganised and modernised.


Excavation work for the new development and assembly centre begins in Dahlewitz, Brandenburg on a site that was acquired in 1991. The first supply contract is concluded with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Savannah, USA, for 200 BR710 engines. The centenary of the foundation of Motorenfabrik Oberursel is commemorated in Oberursel.


Bombardier Inc. of Montreal, Canada chooses the BR710 engine for its Bombardier Global Express® business jet. In the same year, the first full engine test of the BR700 core engine is carried out at the Rolls-Royce site in Bristol and the Dahlewitz development and assembly centre is opened.


A contract is concluded with McDonnell Douglas Corp. of St. Louis, USA, to equip the new MD-95 short- and medium-range jet with BR715 engines.

In Dahlewitz, the two “Adam” and “Eva” test rigs are commissioned and the first full engine test of the BR710 is carried out.


Engine assembly begins in Dahlewitz in the middle of the year. Meanwhile McDonnell Douglas orders 110 of the just launched BR715 engine for 50 of the also recently launched MD-95-30 aircraft. The maiden flight of a BR710-powered Gulfstream V® is carried out at the end of the year.


An order is received for 84 BR710 engines as part of a programme to update the Royal Navy’s fleet of maritime reconnaissance aircraft (Nimrod 2000’s). In the middle of the year, the BR710 engine becomes the first German civil jet engine to receive JAA certification and FAA certification in the USA. In the same year the maiden flight of the Bombardier Global Express® fitted with BR710 engines takes place.


The beginning of the year sees the first record flight of the BR710-powered Gulfstream V® . The BR715 engine successfully completes its first full engine test. The first BR715 engine is delivered to Boeing.

BMW Rolls-Royce becomes an EASA-approved development organisation.


Boeing decides to power all its 717-200’s (previously the MD-95) with the BR715 engine. JAA and FAA certification of the BR715 engine and the maiden flight of the Boeing 717-200 with BR715 engines follow.


The BMW Rolls-Royce development team is awarded the “German aerospace Badge of Honour” by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. BMW Rolls-Royce expands the Dahlewitz site. This is followed by delivery of the first Boeing 717-200 with BMW Rolls-Royce engines to AirTran Airways; scheduled services commence on 12 October 1999.

BMW and Rolls-Royce announce a reorganisation of the ownership structure, to take effect on 1 January 2000. The 2,000th T53-L-13B engine is repaired in Oberursel.


The company became a fully owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce on 1 January 2000 and now trades under the name of Rolls-Royce Deutschland GmbH.

Olympic Aviation becomes the first European airline to commence scheduled services with a BR715-powered Boeing 717-200.

Rolls-Royce Deutschland apprentices begin work on restoring the historical BRAMO aero engines of the FW 200 Condor for the German Technology Museum in Berlin.
The Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca RTM322 engine is selected for the NH90 helicopter. The Oberursel site takes over final assembly and customer support for Rolls-Royce’s customers in Germany.


The 500th T117 engine is repaired in Oberursel and the 500th BR700 engine leaves final assembly in Dahlewitz.

Bombardier selects the BR710 turbofan engine for its new Global 5000 business jet.


Rolls-Royce Deutschland officially becomes the Rolls-Royce group’s centre of competence for high-pressure compressors and two-shaft engines in the thrust range of 14,000lb to 23,000lb.

The 100th BR715 is delivered to Boeing. Rolls-Royce also signs an agreement with Gulfstream regarding the supply of up to 600 BR710 turbofans for the new Gulfstream GV-SP over the next 10 years.

Rolls-Royce celebrates the 110th anniversary of the foundation of Motorenfabrik Oberursel by opening a company museum on the Oberursel site.

Production of the V2500 compressor drum in Oberursel steps up to full production volume.


Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Technik found the joint venture company, N3 Engine Overhaul Services, for the overhaul of Trent engines for Lufthansa. Rolls-Royce Deutschland hands over the 1,000th BR700 series engine to a customer.


Rolls-Royce celebrates the 100th anniversary of its foundation. In the same year Rolls-Royce Deutschland supports the German government’s training initiative by creating an extra 20 apprenticeship places. Flying hours for Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR710 engines pass the million mark.

In the presence of important partners from government and industry, the Rolls-Royce Deutschland introduces itself to the Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who are on a State visit to Germany, in the crown estate of Bornstedt in Potsdam.

Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Technik announce that Arnstadt in Thuringia will be the site of the new N3 Engine Overhaul Services joint venture company.

The first Tay 611-8C engine from Dahlewitz is delivered to Gulfstream.


Rolls-Royce opens a University Technology Centre (UTC) at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) at Cottbus, the first to be established in Germany. During the summer, it is announced that V2500 engine production is to be relocated to Dahlewitz. Rolls-Royce Deutschland also delivers the first high-pressure compressor for the TP400-D6 engine for the Airbus A400M military airlifter. The 1,000th BR710 engine is completed.


Rolls-Royce opens a second University Technology Centre at the Technical University of Dresden. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel lays the foundation stone for the new N3 engine maintenance centre in Arnstadt, Thuringia. In Dahlewitz, the V2500 production line is formally opened. At the end of the year Rolls-Royce opens its third UTC in Germany at the Technical University of Darmstadt.


Rolls-Royce opens an Operations Centre in Dahlewitz to serve as the central point of contact for the users of engines looked after by Rolls-Royce Deutschland. A fourth UTC is set up at Karlsruhe University.

N3 Engine Overhaul Services, the joint venture company between Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc for the repair and overhaul of aircraft engines, is officially opened in Arnstadt, Thuringia.


Rolls-Royce unveils the BR725, the sole power plant for the Gulfstream G650 business jet, the fourth engine programme within a year. Shortly afterwards the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine successfully completes its first full engine test. The end of the year sees the formal first cut of the spade for the Rolls-Royce Mechanical Test Operations Centre (MTOC), to be built in Dahlewitz.


The Rolls-Royce BR725 receives EASA and FAA type certification. The Gulfstream G650 business jet flies for the first time powered by its BR725 engines. The Airbus A400M military transporter takes off for the first time in Sevilla/Spain.


The new, state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Mechanical Test Operations Centre MTOC in Dahlewitz, Brandenburg opens. Rolls-Royce celebrates the successful running of the latest core engine build in its E3E (efficiency, environment, economy) two-shaft research programme.


Rolls-Royce celebrates the delivery of the 2,000th BR710 engine at its Dahlewitz site. Rolls-Royce increases the footprint in Germany with a new Marine Service Centre that has been opened in the port of Hamburg.

The first of four BR710-powerded Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft is handed over to the German Federal Ministry of Defence’s Special Air Mission Wing. 

The E3E (efficiency, environment, economy) research programme makes significant progress, having completed testing of the company’s latest two-shaft engine core, known as Core 3/2c.


Rolls-Royce expands it's German operations. In Dahlewitz a new Integrated Logistics Centre with more than 8,000 sqm starts operations. As part of a series of investments in new, state-of-the-art production and test facilities around the globe Rolls-Royce brakes ground for a new test bed in Dahlewitz. From 2014 onwards development testing for the Trent XWB 97k version will be executed at this new facility.

Rolls-Royce has successfully completed testing of the latest build of its new two-shaft engine core, known as Core 3/2d as part of the E3E research programme. Technology developed as part of this programme forms the basis of the Rolls-Royce Advance2 future two-shaft engine programme.

End of 2012 Rolls-Royce congratulates Gulfstream on the successful entry into service of its new flagship corporate aircraft - the G650. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, developed and built in Dahlewitz near Berlin.


In 2013 Rolls-Royce Deutschland delivers the 3,000th BR700 and the 5,000th overall engine made at its Dahlewitz site. The military transport aircraft Airbus A400M enters service with the french armed forces - powered by high pressure compressors assembled in Dahlewitz.


» Email
Mobile phone icon

» Sign up to the RNS on your handheld device or mobile phone

Alert service icon

» Sign up to get the latest news
delivered to your inbox

Contact us icon

Contact us