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Rolls-Royce to build advanced manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, creating more than 100 new jobs

Monday, 13 February 2012

(Indianapolis, Ind.) — Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is investing $42 million to build a new advanced manufacturing facility in Indianapolis. The new facility will produce components for some of the most advanced aircraft engines in the world and create more than 100 new jobs when the facility is fully operational in 2014.

“Rolls-Royce continues to invest in America because it’s an environment that allows us to be globally competitive,” said James M. Guyette, chairman, president and CEO Rolls-Royce North America.  “In the U.S., we’ve done an extraordinary job of lowering our costs, increasing our competitiveness and demonstrating technological leadership in our industry. The investments we’re making in America will ensure we continue to deliver excellence to our customers.”

The engine components, known as Compressor Banded Stators, will be produced for the cleanest, quietest and lightest engines made by Rolls-Royce, including the Trent XWB, which is the most efficient civil aircraft engine available in the world.  The Trent XWB will power the Airbus A350 XWB which will fly for the first time in 2013.

The new facility will also produce components for Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, AE series and T56 turboprop engines. These components will be shipped to Rolls-Royce facilities in North America and globally, where they will be assembled into engines.

Over the past decade, Rolls-Royce invested over $1 billion in new facilities in the United States where it has operated for more than 100 years and today employs more than 7,700 employees in advanced manufacturing jobs. Indianapolis is home to 4,500 employees, 1,500 of which are engineers. The new Compressor Banded Stators facility in Indianapolis is the latest in a recent series of new investments in the United States. 

In January, Rolls-Royce announced a $50 million expansion for a second jet engine test stand at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss. In December, the company announced a $22 million investment to redevelop a new state-of-the-art office campus in downtown Indianapolis as part of a consolidation of offices for 2,500 engineers and professional staff.  In addition, Rolls-Royce spends an average of $20 million each year in manufacturing and capital improvements in its Indianapolis operations.  

  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 $17.5 billion* (£11.3 billion) in 2011, of which more than half came from the sale of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at $96.4 billion* (£62.2 billion) at December 31, 2011, showing future growth.
  4. In the US, Rolls-Royce operates 15 manufacturing, assembly or test facilities in 10 states including California, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington. 
  5. The Compressed Banded Stators will be used for global production of the Trent XWB, Trent 1000 HP, AE Load, T56 and the T56 3.5 Kit.  Some of the aerospace applications include:
    • Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine completed its first test flight, powering an Airbus A380 test aircraft in Toulouse, France in February, 2012. 
    • The Trent 1000 is the best engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and is now in service on the Boeing 787-8. 
    • AE Series engines power Citation X, Embraer ERJ 145s and ERJ 135s, Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, and other aircraft.
    • The T56 turboprop powers defense products including the Lockheed Martin C-130A-H Hercules and Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye and other aircraft.
  6. The new Compressor Banded Stators facility will be designed and modelled after one of the company’s most advanced manufacturing facilities, the LiftFan Factory™ that opened in central Indiana in 2010. This model enables teamwork and collaboration to ensure top-quality, on-time delivery of engine components. It will also aspire to be a zero-landfill, green manufacturing facility.

* Assumed exchange rate: £1.00= $1.55

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