Manitoba province supports expansion of Thompson’s world class jet engine test facility

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Facility Adds Jobs, Diversity and a Skilled Workforce
to Thompson’s Economy

(Thompson, Manitoba)  The province is providing a $2.5 million Manitoba Industrial Program Opportunities (MIOP) loan to the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) to support capital upgrades to GLACIER's aircraft engine testing and certification facility in Thompson, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

"This world class facility, which specializes in cold weather engine testing, provides significant economic benefits to the local community, adding jobs, diversifying its industrial base and providing a new career vision for northern youth," said Selinger. "Our government's additional funding will help create enhanced capabilities, which in the future will enable the facility to perform advanced engine testing in all seasons."

GLACIER is a consortium of two of the world's largest aero-engine equipment manufacturers, Rolls-Royce Canada Limited and Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. The National Research Council has developed and delivered the engine icing equipment and controls for the GLACIER facility and has committed to providing ongoing icing technology support.  Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney use the aerospace centre for icing certification programs on their latest advanced turbine engines. Enhancements currently underway will enable a variety of performance, endurance and specialty testing, outside of the ice-testing season.

"We are pleased to support Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce as they continue their important research and testing on the latest advanced turbine engines," said Selinger. "This leading edge technology and research will further establish Manitoba's reputation as a global aerospace centre and strengthen Thompson's importance as an international engine test centre."   

The MIOP loan is repayable, fully secured and interest bearing. Today's support adds to the $9.5 million in MIOP funding provided in 2009 to facilitate the establishment of this $40 million engine testing facility.

  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 300 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 £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, 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.

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