Rolls-Royce breaks ground for UK Submarine Core Manufacturing Facility

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today marked the beginning of construction of its Core Manufacturing Facility at Raynesway, Derby with a ground-breaking ceremony conducted by Vice Admiral Sir Andrew Mathews, Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The new facility, which will be a phased-build programme, will replace existing infrastructure and represents the third stage of the Raynesway modernisation project. When operational, the new state-of-the-art facility will produce reactor fuel cores for the UK's current and future Submarines Programme, sustaining 300 highly skilled jobs.

Vice Admiral Sir Andrew Mathews, Chief of Materiel (Fleet) at MoD said: "Rolls-Royce has played a vital role in supporting the Royal Navy's nuclear submarine propulsion programme for over 50 years. This significant investment to regenerate the facility, to build our nuclear reactor cores, will ensure that the site continues to do so for decades to come."

Jason Smith, Rolls-Royce, President, Submarines and Chief Operating Officer – Nuclear, said: "We are pleased to begin construction of this important new facility which will use the most advanced manufacturing techniques to enhance our world-leading nuclear manufacturing capability.

"The investment in this facility demonstrates the high level of trust that the MoD has in both our technology and the expertise of our highly skilled workforce."

Rolls-Royce is the UK's lead company, on behalf of the MOD, in nuclear submarine reactor systems and support services; incorporating design, manufacture, procurement and operation.

  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 £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 31 December 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 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.
  8. Rolls-Royce has a large and highly experienced nuclear skills base with approximately 3,000 employees in the UK, France, the Czech Republic, North America and China.
  9. The Group is the sole Technical Authority for the UK Nuclear Steam Raising Plant and has powered the whole of the UK's Royal Navy submarine fleet for 50 years.
  10. In the civil nuclear market, Rolls-Royce provides nuclear power utility vendors and operators with integrated, long-term solutions and support services. These services span the whole reactor lifecycle, from concept design through to obsolescence management and plant life extension.

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