Trent 900 and 1000 jet engines
The new Rolls-Royce campus at Seletar Aerospace Park recently unveiled the first Trent aero engine in an enormous facility aimed at growing capacity and extending the British manufacturer’s reach into the fast-growing Asian aviation market. Here Rolls-Royce makes the Trent 900 and 1000 jet engines used on Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s, with a plan to assemble and test 250 engines by 2016; it’s also building fan blades.
In deciding to open up shop in Singapore, Rolls-Royce cites the importance of being able to recruit talented staff that can build engines of the highest quality – over 80 per cent of employees at Rolls-Royce’s local site are Singaporean. “The Singapore government’s approach to supporting investment like this is, we think, very far-sighted,” says Jonathan Asherson, regional director, Southeast Asia for Rolls-Royce. “Singapore certainly understands the value of ensuring that there’s a pipeline of skilled labour and they understand the multiplier effect of high value-added manufacturing. That’s the kind of thing that attracts us.”
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