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1 minute read - 15th March 2024

Rolls-Royce makes UK investment to address growing demand

Rolls-Royce is investing in its assembly, test and shop visit capacity in the UK and Germany to address growing long-term demand for new civil large engines and to improve customer aftermarket support services for its global Trent fleet.

As outlined at its 2023 Capital Markets Day, Rolls-Royce says it expects an annual increase of 7-9% of Rolls-Royce powered aircraft in service for the remainder of the decade and forecasts engine flying hours to reach 120-130% mid-term compared to 2019 levels.

To prepare for this growth, Rolls-Royce is investing £55m and recruiting more than 300 front-line operations roles, split between its operations in Derby and Dahlewitz, Germany. About half of the investment and around two thirds of the jobs will be created in Derby.

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Rolls-Royce is investing £55m and creating over 300 new jobs in the UK and Germany to meet growing demand for its engines – about half of the investment and about two thirds of the jobs will be created in Derby / Picture: Rolls-Royce

The investments include expansion of engine build capacity in Derby to deliver over 40% more new engines per year from 2025 – compared with average deliveries over the last 10 years – and an increase of services capacity. Already existing engine test capability for civil large engines in Dahlewitz will be used to support near term services demand before transitioning to assemble and test new Trent XWB-84 engines in 2026.

These investments follow last month’s announcement to invest £1bn in a continuous improvement programme for the Trent engine family.

Rob Watson, president for civil aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: “These latest investments in our engine build and services capacity is further proof of our commitment to deliver both excellent products and services to our global customer base. We are ready to support our continued growth in the widebody market – delivering even greater availability, reliability, and efficiency.”

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