Rolls-Royce to develop new Marine Service Centre in Hong Kong
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today announced the expansion of its presence in Greater China with the development of a new Marine Service Centre on Hong Kong’s Tsing Yi Island, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
The new Marine Service Centre will offer specialist support services and engineering expertise to customers in Hong Kong. It will form an important component of the Rolls-Royce marine service network that covers the entire east coast of China, with existing facilities in Dalian, Guangzhou, and Shanghai already providing technical support and after-market care.
P.T. Tong, Rolls-Royce, Branch Manager – Hong Kong, said: “This investment recognises the importance of the Chinese market to Rolls-Royce. With a growing customer base in Greater China, coupled with an increased number of customer operations within the region, we are expanding our facilities to provide industry leading services close to where our customers operate.”
The new facility will provide support for a variety of vessel types, including the large number of fast ferries that are in service between Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta, many of which are installed with Rolls-Royce propulsion systems.
The new facility, which provides direct waterfront access to major transport channels, will be capable of undertaking repair, overhaul and upgrades for a wide range of Rolls-Royce products including waterjets, tunnel thrusters, Azimuth thrusters and deck machinery. Rolls-Royce service engineers based at the new facility will be on-hand to provide technical support and training wherever and whenever required.
The current Marine sales and marketing office in Hong Kong will also be relocated to the new premises.
Rolls-Royce has dedicated marine sales and service facilities in 35 countries, providing round-the-clock support to customers worldwide. The Group has opened or expanded four Marine Service Centres this year, located in Hamburg (Germany), Gdynia (Poland), Walvis Bay (Namibia), and Rotterdam (Netherlands).
- 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 4,000 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 £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, 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.
About Rolls-Royce in China
- Rolls-Royce has been building a strong presence in the civil aerospace, marine and energy markets in China for more than 50 years.
- The Rolls-Royce marine business has experienced strong growth in China since the 1970s. In 2005, Rolls-Royce established a 6,000 square meter manufacturing facility in Nanhui industrial zone in Shanghai. The facility employs a 200-strong workforce, including a growing team of service engineers. Shanghai is also home to the North East Asia headquarters for the Rolls-Royce marine business.
- Rolls-Royce also has a successful turbine component joint venture in Xi’an, and is growing its component and materials purchasing in China.
- Rolls-Royce has established service locations in Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taiwan, in support of the group’s widely used products along the Chinese coast.