Rolls Royce Singapore
February 15, 2012 by staff
Rolls Royce Singapore, The new Rolls-Royce factory in Singapore could be producing half of the company’s large commercial engines by the middle of this decade. The 1.65-million-sq-ft campus at Seletar Airport has cost more than $450 million to build, with some of the funding coming from the island republic’s Economic Development Board. Rolls-Royce managers expect to assemble engines and make fan blades more efficiently here than in the UK, thanks to the clean-sheet, all-under-one-roof building designs.
Assembly of Trent 900 engines for the Airbus A380 is to begin in the huge Seletar assembly and test unit (SATU) in middle of this year, followed by Trent 1000s for the 787. By the end of 2013, the company predicts 250 engines will leave Singapore for Seattle or Toulouse every year. Three of the eight Trent 900 modules are also planned to be built here, starting next year.
In a second large building next door, preparations to manufacture the company’s signature wide-chord fan blades (WCFBs) with their hollow titanium design are well advanced. Production is to start next October, and output is expected to reach 6,000 blades per year by 2015.
About 500 people are to be employed in the new operations at Seletar. Rolls-Royce has attracted employees from other aerospace companies in Singapore, but is also working closely with the island’s Institute of Technical Engineering (ITI) and Polytechnics to train new young engineers. The company’s goal is to employ 80 percent local talent, with the other 20 percent coming from abroad, including elsewhere in Asia.
A Regional Training Centre forms an integral part of the Seletar “campus,” and will eventually offer courses to 4,000 people each year, including airline customers. The RTC has attracted funding support from Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA). During the commissioning process at Seletar, various employees have been drafted in from the UK, and the newly appointed local production managers have spent up to eight months in the UK learning the processes there.
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