Thursday, April 21, 2016

News: Rolls-Royce secures export order

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World-renowned engineers, Rolls-Royce, has won an £800m order from Garuda Indonesia as the national airline confirms a deal with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A330-900neo aircraft.

The order is for Trent 7000 engines and TotalCare service support and replaces an existing order for seven A330-300 aircraft powered by Trent 700 engines.

The Trent 7000, the exclusive power plant for the A330neo, is the seventh member of the Trent family which has become the engine of choice in the wide body market over the last 20 years. The Trent 7000 is scheduled to enter service in 2017.

Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A330neo to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering cutting edge technology along with more efficient operations.

Key parts for the new generation Trent 7000 engines are expected to be manufactured at Rolls-Royce's £110m Rotherham facility.

The most advanced turbine blade casting facility in the world was officially opened on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham in 2014.

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When fully operational in 2017, the 150,000 sq ft facility will employ 150 people and have the capacity to manufacture more than 100,000 single crystal turbine blades a year. The advanced turbine blade castings are produced for the company's most modern, high-thrust engines.

Combining previous work developing the Trent 700; the Trent 1000; and the Trent XWB - the world's most efficient large civil engine, the new Trent 7000 will improve specific fuel consumption by 10%; have twice the bypass ratio; and will halve perceived noise.

There are two types of turbine blade manufactured at the Rotherham facility: high pressure (HP) and intermediate pressure (IP) single crystal blades. The capacity is set to increase to 200,000 blades a year when the pioneering manufacturing process has been proven. There are over 65 in every iconic Trent engine and 182 turbine blades in each Trent XWB engine.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: "Indonesia has great economic prospects and we are committed to supporting its future growth in air travel. This year marks the 20th anniversary since we first provided Trent engines to Garuda Indonesia and we are proud to power this latest expansion to their fleet with the very latest member of our Trent engine family. In creating this family, we have benefitted from UK investment in innovation across materials, aerodynamics, noise, control systems and manufacturing technologies."

Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed the deal. He said: "This deal underlines the increasing importance of our ties with Indonesia - a fast growing economy and set to become the seventh largest in the world by 2030.

"We are the fifth biggest investor in Indonesia and our relationship has more untapped potential. We want to encourage more British businesses to seize on these opportunities and we will continue to support them by banging the drum for British skills and expertise."

Despite having a growing order book that tops £76.5bn, Rolls-Royce has been forced to issue a number of profit warnings due to a weaker marine business and lower than expected demand for some products, including the Trent 700 engine. Having begun a restructuring programme in its aerospace business, the company said that the product transition in civil aerospace will drive long-term growth and that its "industrial transformation" will deliver that growth.

As seen by this deal, Rolls-Royce is making a transition to newer engines as the Trent 700 approaches the later stage of its delivery lifecycle.

Adrian Short, president director of PT Rolls-Royce Indonesia, will address delegates at an export event on the AMP today.

Rolls-Royce website

Images: Airbus

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