Rolls-Royce extends global Marine servicing capability with new facility in Gdynia, Poland
Friday, 10 June 2011
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has today opened a new Marine Service Centre, in the Port of Gdynia, Poland.
The facility being opened today marks the latest stage in the development of a global Marine Service Centre network, which provides 24 hour a day access to Rolls-Royce skills and expertise to customers in 35 countries. Rolls-Royce is making significant investments in global infrastructure and capability to deliver complex, integrated power systems and services for its customers.
The Gdynia Marine Service Centre will employ around 80 people, 30 on site and up to 50 mobile service engineers. In addition to servicing and maintenance, the facility will lead marketing, sales and the supply of new marine equipment and spare parts for the Baltic region.
Today’s opening ceremony coincides with the official launch of Rolls-Royce Poland, which will coordinate the Group’s activity in this important and expanding market.
Poland’s Vice Minister for Infrastructure, Annę Wypych-Namiotko, officially opened the new facility. She said: “The investment Rolls-Royce is making in Gdynia provides a boost for the overhaul and shipbuilding industry on the Polish coast. It is the presence of such state-of-the-art service centres that determines the attractiveness of sea ports today, and builds up their position against foreign competition. This facility, innovative on a European scale, will be managed by Polish engineers and technical staff. By launching this facility, we have created not only new jobs for Gdynia, but also an educational opportunity for students from technical universities in our region. This is an opportunity to continue the impressive traditions of the Polish shipbuilding industry, and to define its new offer for the 21st century.”
Martin Hall, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Europe – Services, said: “Poland is an important market for Rolls-Royce and this is reflected in our decision to develop a major new facility in Gdynia, one of the Baltic’s busiest ports. This will help our customers maximise availability of their vessels by giving them access to highly skilled service engineers and state-of-the-art workshop facilities.”
The new facility will serve a variety of customers from the commercial and offshore sectors, as well as the Polish Navy, and is located in one of Europe’s largest ship repair yard clusters. It will enable repair and overhaul of the full range of Rolls-Royce thrusters and propellers, diesel and gas engines, and steering gear. Skilled engineers from Gdynia will also carry out servicing and repairs on board vessels throughout the region.
The Gdynia Marine Service Centre comprises 1,000 square metres of workshop and office space, and is designed to accommodate future expansion. Rolls-Royce recently completed the construction of a new Marine Service Centre in Hamburg, Germany, which is due to open later this year, and doubled the size of its Rotterdam facility.
- Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
- As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
- Annual underlying revenues were over £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
- Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
- In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
- Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
- The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.