The Rotherham facility will manufacture blades for Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engine which powers the Airbus A350 XWB, thereby creating employment in Yorkshire.
Rolls Royce is poised to employ about 150 people in Yorkshire when the facility they have just launched becomes fully operational in 2017. The facility, to be built in Rotherham, will be one of the world’s most advanced turbine blade casting plants, expected to manufacture more than 100,000 turbine blades a year.
The Rolls Royce facility in Rotherham will produce blades that are used in aero engines, such as the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, which powers the new Airbus A350 XWB.
This development has elated Business Minister Matthew Hancock for what he has termed as its “ingenuity and brilliance of men and women in Yorkshire.” The minister said this at the official opening of Rolls-Royce’s £110m Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF).
“This new facility will house the most advanced blade casting facility in the world and is a truly remarkable feat of engineering. “Our aerospace growth partnership has put in place a long-term industrial strategy for the whole aerospace industry, and this investment by Rolls Royce in new technology and modern manufacturing processes is testament to the ongoing strength of this sector. Continuing to back leading companies like Rolls Royce, and supporting the UK’s manufacturing sector is part of the Government’s long term economic plan,” said Mr Hancock.
With the facility fully operational, Mr Hancock observed, Yorkshire would benefit in terms of highly skilled and well paid jobs. He also indicated that the Government’s apprenticeship programme was at the heart of its drive to tackle skills shortages.
“Rolls-Royce is committed to investing in innovative technology and world-class facilities to help us deliver our record £73.7bn order book,” said Gareth Davies, the Rolls-Royce executive vice president for turbines.