Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveil first Rolls-Royce aero engine produced in Singapore

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the state of the art Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus in Singapore, where they unveiled the first Rolls-Royce aero engine assembled and tested in Singapore, a Trent 900 which powers the Airbus A380. Their Royal Highnesses also viewed the first wide chord fan blades to be produced at the facility. 

The 154,000 square meter Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus is the largest aerospace facility in Singapore.  It includes an Assembly and Test Unit; a Wide Chord Fan Blade manufacturing facility; an Advanced Technology Centre; and a Regional Training Centre.

Their Royal Highnesses toured the facility and met employees who have completed specialist training either at the Regional Training Centre at Seletar or at facilities in the UK, alongside other Rolls-Royce employees.

Mark King, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud and delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Rolls-Royce as we celebrate two important milestones today: the completion of our first batch of wide chord fan blades and the completion of the first Trent aero engine assembled and tested in Singapore. At Seletar we are bringing 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.  This fantastic new facility gives us the extra capacity we need to deliver on our order book, which stands at over £60 billion.  I would like to extend my thanks to everyone involved in achieving these important milestones.”

The Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus opened in February 2012 and represents an investment of over S$700 million. It will significantly increase the Group’s manufacturing capacity and proximity to customers in the Asia Pacific region as well as creating 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.

Rolls-Royce will also assemble and test the Trent 1000 engine at the Seletar Campus. The Trent 1000, the quietest, cleanest and lightest civil aero engine in service today, powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Key facts about the Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus:

  • 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.
  • The 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 training facility Rolls-Royce has established 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 30 June 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. 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.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.

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