Prime Minister David Cameron today opened the Rolls-Royce Technology Exhibition Centre, at the Group’s principal UK facility in Derby.
The exhibition, which the Prime Minister toured, accompanied by Sir John Rose, Chief Executive, showcases Rolls-Royce’s world leading technology and innovation. It explains how extensive investment in research has enabled the development of some of the world’s most advanced power systems.
These range from the highly efficient Trent XWB – which is being developed for the new Airbus A350 XWB, to the MT30 – the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine that drives the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships. The exhibition will be included in the hundreds of visits Rolls-Royce hosts each year, for customers, politicians, and other relevant audiences.
The visit included a tour of the production assembly line and an opportunity to meet a number of staff, including apprentices. Mr Cameron also saw Trent 1000 engines being assembled and prepared for dispatch to be used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The Prime Minister said: “As a world leader in the development of advanced technologies, Rolls-Royce is a company of which the whole country can be proud. High tech manufacturers not only drive technological advances, they also create wealth for the UK.
“I believe businesses like Rolls-Royce will play a crucial role in the UK’s economic recovery, by supporting and creating jobs and delivering growth.”
Sir John Rose, Chief Executive, said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome the Prime Minister as the first visitor to our new technology exhibition. Rolls-Royce has grown by combining customer focus, technology and teamwork to deliver world leading products and services. We invest for the long term, in research, new facilities and products as well as in training our people. Rolls-Royce is a technology company, and this exhibition showcases the world class science, engineering and skills that give us choices and underpin our growth.”
The day started with a specially convened Cabinet meeting at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Career Development Centre, which focussed on the opportunities and challenges to growth.