Rolls-Royce opens new, state of the art, manufacturing and training facilities in Singapore
Monday, 13 February 2012
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today officially opened its largest facilities in Asia, at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore. Constructed on a 154,000 square meter site it is the first of its kind to bring advanced aerospace high-value manufacturing technology to Singapore. The Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus includes an Assembly and Test Unit; a Wide Chord Fan Blade manufacturing facility; an Advanced Technology Centre; and a Regional Training Centre.
The Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus represents an investment of over S$700 million and will significantly increase the Group’s manufacturing capacity and proximity to customers in the Asia Pacific region. The investment will create over 500 new jobs, bringing the number of people employed by Rolls-Royce in Singapore to over 2,000. It is expected that the Group’s value-added contribution in Singapore will increase from 0.3% of GDP currently, to 0.5% of the GDP projected in 2015.
Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, officially opened the Rolls-Royce facilities, accompanied by Sir Simon Robertson, Chairman, Rolls-Royce plc and Mike Terrett, Chief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce plc, Cedric Foo, Chairman of JTC Corporation, and Leo Yip, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) at an event attended by dignitaries, customers and partners.
Leo Yip, Chairman of EDB, said: “We congratulate Rolls-Royce on the successful completion and opening of its Seletar campus. This marks a major milestone in the development of Singapore’s aerospace industry, and we are delighted that Rolls-Royce has made such a significant commitment here. Manufacturing is fast emerging as a key engine of growth for our aerospace industry. We will continue to partner with industry leaders such as Rolls-Royce to build sophisticated manufacturing capabilities in Singapore."
Mike Terrett, Chief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce plc, said: “This fantastic facility gives Rolls-Royce additional capacity to deliver our record order book. Importantly, this also marks an important new phase of our relationship with Singapore. For the first time outside our traditional home facilities we will produce our unique Wide Chord Fan Blades and assemble and test large commercial jet engines. The Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus brings together state of the art technologies, advanced manufacturing techniques and highly skilled people to produce some of the most advanced aero engines in the world.”
The Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus comprises:
- The Seletar Assembly and Test Unit (SATU) is a state of the art facility designed to allow simultaneous assembly and testing of Rolls-Royce Trent engines under one roof. At full capacity it can produce up to 250 engines per year. Initially Trent 900 and Trent 1000 aero engines will be built at SATU.
- The Group’s first Wide Chord Fan Blade (WCFB) manufacturing facility outside the UK to manufacture hollow titanium WCFBs, a unique capability and technology which has played a key role in the success of the Trent aero engine family. At full capacity, this facility could produce over 6,000 blades per year.
- An Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) is an important part of the Group’s global network of Research & Technology centres which develop advanced technologies to support core business areas. Four key areas of research will take place within the ATC, namely materials support technology, computational engineering, electrical power and control systems, and manufacturing technology research.
- The Regional Training Centre (RTC) is the first such training facility for Rolls-Royce in Asia. Its purpose is to develop high-value skills and nurture talent for the future. It is part of the global network of Rolls-Royce training centres, combining the latest technology, equipment and facilities to give customers and employees in the region access to world class facilities, and internationally accredited qualifications.
- 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 more than 80 countries.
- Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
- Rolls-Royce employs 40,400 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
- In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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.