Rolls-Royce has collaborated with key industry partner Singapore Airlines Engineering Company (SIAEC) to create two highly successful joint ventures:
- Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd (SAESL) – The facility near Changi International Airport is a S$185million Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in partnership with SIAEC and Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd (HAESL) that began operations in October 2001. This facility delivered its 1,000th engine in mid-2009. SAESL launched a S$60million, 12,000 square metre facility extension in February 2010 that has increased capacity to 250 engine overhauls per year.
- International Engine Component Overhaul (IECO) – Established in 1997, IECO is a repair and overhaul facility for the Rolls-Royce Trent and RB211 Nozzle Guide Vanes and compressor stator vanes. In September 2008, it opened a facility extension that increases overall output by 30 per cent. IECO reached a major milestone of repairing its millionth component in mid-2009.
As part of the Group’s global Research & Technology acquisition activities, Rolls-Royce is engaged with local research partners in Singapore including A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), NTU (Nanyang Technological University) and NUS (National University of Singapore).
Following a successful relationship started in 2001 with the Institute of High Performance Computing, an A*STAR research institute, Rolls-Royce signed a comprehensive Master Research Agreement with A*STAR in 2004. Projects range from Artificial Intelligence to Manufacturing Process Technologies and cover a wide range of technology readiness levels.
In 2005 Rolls-Royce also commenced its partnership with NUS and signed a Master Research Agreement with projects in Materials Support and Manufacturing Technology Research.
In May 2012, Rolls-Royce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre (ARTC) and industry leaders IHI, Siemens, ABB and Zeiss for the establishment of the ARTC in Singapore. The ARTC is a new public-private partnership by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in partnership with the Nanyang Technology University (NTU).
When it opens in 2014, the ARTC will serve as the first Asian location and the seventh in a global network of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (AxRCs), a concept pioneered by Rolls-Royce, aimed at developing innovative manufacturing and remanufacturing technologies for various industry sectors through collaborations with academia and industry.
In July 2013, Rolls-Royce signed an agreement with NTU to establish the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab at a joint investment of S$75 million. Supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the new laboratory is the first of its kind in the world with a university that will focus on three core areas of research - Electrical Power and Control Systems, Manufacturing and Repair Technologies and Computational Engineering with the objective of developing future innovations in the areas of Aerospace and Marine Power Systems, Manufacturing and Repair Technologies, Measurement Systems, and Big Data Analytics.
It is also the first lab to be supported under the National Research Foundation’s newly launched Corp Lab @ University scheme.
Rolls-Royce is a significant and committed contributor to establish Singapore as a leading regional hub for talent in the aviation and aerospace industry. In Singapore, Rolls-Royce works closely with various agencies and institutions across government, industry and academia, to train and develop talent and nurture a culture of engineering excellence.
Rolls-Royce participates in the Singapore Economic Development Board's (EDB) Training and Attachment Programme (TAP), which aims to help companies develop manpower capabilities and prepare for growth. The EDB funds the training, both in Singapore and abroad, of engineers and other professionals to create a ready and highly skilled workforce for companies such as Rolls-Royce.
The Advanced Technology Centre also supports the development of talent with industry-relevant PhD degrees through the Industrial Postgraduate Programme managed by the EDB. These students pursue their degrees while being employed by Rolls-Royce and conduct research on subjects that are of importance to the company.
Rolls-Royce collaborated with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to establish an engineering degree programme in Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology which saw its first graduating class in May 2012.
Rolls-Royce has been working with Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress’ e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, to develop training and qualifications programmes to support the development of the aerospace industry in Asia.
In Singapore, Rolls-Royce also has well established Industrial Attachment and Internship programmes for students from leading local educational institutions including Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Institute of Technical Education among others, through which students are provided with a great way to gain practical work experience with us and to get a flavour of what to expect from our Graduate Development Programmes.