The Civil Aerospace market continues to grow and develop, challenging Rolls-Royce to adapt and perform in line with customers’ expectations and needs. Asia is now the largest market for passenger aircraft and freighters while North America remains key for business and regional aircraft.
The Group’s overall market share has averaged around 25 per cent in recent years. In the widebody sector Rolls-Royce has been particularly successful with the Trent engine family, taking a 50 per cent market share. Trent aero engines lead the way on the Airbus A330, Boeing 777, Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, while the Trent XWB is currently the exclusive engine option for the Airbus A350 XWB.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is a key Rolls-Royce customer on a global scale. In 1995, Singapore Airlines (SIA) placed the largest order in the company's history for the supply of Trent 800 engines for its fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft. Since then, SIA has chosen Rolls-Royce Trent engines for its fleet of Airbus A340-500s, Boeing 777, and Airbus A380 aircraft. Today nearly 80 per cent of SIA's current fleet in operation is powered by Rolls-Royce engines. The Trent 900 entered service on SIA's new Airbus A380 in October 2007. Most recently, SIA has also ordered the Trent 700 engine for its fleet of 19 leased Airbus A330 aircraft, the Trent 1000 engine for its fleet of 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Trent XWB engines for its fleet of 30 additional A350-900 aircraft.
Rolls-Royce also has strong and long-standing business partnership with SilkAir – the regional subsidiary of SIA.
BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company that provides lease and fleet financing solutions for the airline market, is a Rolls-Royce customer. The company owns seven widebody aircraft, three 777-200ERS and four of the larger 777-300s, all of which are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines.
Rolls-Royce is the world's second largest provider of defence aero-engine products and services with 160 customers in over 100 countries. Rolls-Royce engines power aircraft in all sectors: transport, combat, reconnaissance, training, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is an important Rolls-Royce customer. Its C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and fleet of E-2C Hawkeyes are powered by Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop engines. The company supports ST Aerospace Engines Pte Ltd, an ST Engineering company, which includes an Authorised Maintenance Centre (AMC) for the Rolls-Royce T56 engine. It also supplies the engines and services for RSAF’s fleet of G550 aircraft.
Rolls-Royce has been active in Singapore’s marine industry for more than 30 years, and in 2009 relocated its global headquarters for the Merchant Marine business to Singapore in recognition of the increasing importance of the Asia Pacific markets, with over 80 per cent of global commercial shipbuilding taking place in Asia.
The Merchant Marine headquarters has global responsibility for business development, marketing and corporate services and brings the Group closer to an important and growing customer base. The Global Headquarters for Marine Services and the regional headquarters for the Commercial Marine business – covering Asia, the Middle East, India and Australia – were already in Singapore.
The operation also houses one of Rolls-Royce’s global repair and overhaul service centres. Rolls-Royce stands out as well for being the only company to offer an expanded OEM warranty.
A ship design office, which carries out work for offshore supply vessels, merchant, tugs, over 35 UT design vessels and specialist naval sectors in Asia, was established in Singapore in 1999. The office also offers conversion and modification of offshore vessels. Linked to the global design centre in Norway, the Asia centre creates customer-specific turnkey solutions locally.
Rolls-Royce is the global leader in marine power systems and is building upon its existing expertise, and range of products and services. There are four operating units:
- Deck machinery
- Marine technology and global support
In 2012, Rolls-Royce opened its state-of-the-art Marine training facility within the Regional Training Centre at the Seletar Campus. The training facility is equipped with two cutting-edge simulator domes that can be used for Icon DP systems, as well as Towcon control systems for anchor handling winches and is similar to the Ålesund training centre but on a smaller scale, with equipment matched to the Rolls-Royce equipment operating in the region.
Customers in the Singapore marine sector include Jaya Holdings, Keppel Offshore, Neptune Orient Line, PSA Marine, Republic of Singapore Navy, ST Marine, PaxOcean and Swire Pacific Offshore.