Rolls-Royce Opens S$700 Million Singapore Manufacturing, Training Facility:SINGAPORE, Feb 13 Rolls Royce Singapore, the global power systems company, today officially opened its largest facility in Asia, at Seletar Aerospace Park.Constructed on a 154,000 square meter site, it is the first of its kind to bring advanced aerospace high-value manufacturing technology to Singapore.The Rolls Royce Singapore Seletar Campus includes an Assembly and Test Unit; a Wide Chord Fan Blade manufacturing facility; an Advanced Technology Centre; and a Regional Training Centre.The Rolls Royce Singapore Seletar Campus represents an investment of over S$700 million and will significantly increase the Group’s manufacturing capacity and proximity to customers in the Asia Pacific region.
The investment will create over 500 new jobs, bringing the number of people employed by Rolls-Royce in Singapore to over 2,000.Rolls Royce Singapore plc chief operating officer Mike Terrett said this fantastic facility gives Rolls Royce Singapore additional capacity to deliver its record order book.”Importantly, this also marks an important new phase of our relationship with Singapore. For the first time outside our traditional home facilities we will produce our unique Wide Chord Fan Blades and assemble and test large commercial jet engines.”The Rolls Royce Singapore Seletar Campus brings together state-of-the-art technologies, advanced manufacturing techniques and highly skilled people to produce some of the most advanced aero engines in the world,” he said in his address at the opening of the new facility here Monday.Congratulating Rolls-Royce, Singapore Economic Development Board chairman Leo Yip said this marks a major milestone in the development of Singapore’s aerospace industry.”We are delighted that Rolls Royce Singapore has made such a significant commitment here. Manufacturing is fast emerging as a key engine of growth for our aerospace industry.
“We will continue to partner with industry leaders such as Rolls Royce Singapore to build sophisticated manufacturing capabilities in Singapore,” he added.It is expected that the Group’s value-added contribution in Singapore will increase from 0.3 per cent of GDP currently to 0.5 per cent of the GDP projected in 2015.Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officially opened the Rolls Royce Singapore facilities. Also present were Rolls Royce Singapore plc chairman Sir Simon Robertson and Jurong Town Council (JTC) chairman Cedric Foo.
Rolls-Royce in Singapore:Singapore is a strategic business hub for Rolls Royce Singapore, with all four major business sectors strongly represented here. The Group has had presence in Singapore since the 1950s and has grown significantly in recent years. Through the company’s joint ventures with key local industry partners and activities in the energy and marine sectors, Rolls Royce Singapore currently employs over 1,400 people in Singapore.
In 2007, Rolls Royce Singaporeannounced a new centre, the Seletar assembly and test unit facility, which will be built in Singapore to assemble and test Trent aero engines. Then in 2009, the Group announced plans to build a wide chord fan blade factory in Singapore alongside the formerly announced Trent testing and assembly facility. The new factory will be the first outside of the United Kingdom to manufacture the Rolls Royce Singapore hollow titanium wide chord fan blades, a technology which has played a key role in the success of the Trent engine family. Together, both facilities, along with a Regional Training Centre, the Advanced Technology Centre and specific shared service functions, make up the Rolls Royce Singapore Seletar Campus.Over the years, Rolls Royce Singaporehas made a phenomenal contribution to the growth of this country – and with new investments in place, we will continue to do so in the future.