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Rotherham welcomes Rolls Royce investment

posted 22 Jun 2012, 06:39 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jun 2012, 06:39 ]
Rotherham Council has welcomed the start of work at the new Rolls Royce facility which brings another major boost to efforts to bring more industry and jobs to Rotherham. 

Today's saw the ceremony to "cut the first sod" to officially begin work to create the Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) - a new facility being constructed at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham. 

The development will bring more than 150 jobs into Rotherham with more expected to follow through suppliers and companies wanting to be located alongside such a major international company.

Councillor Roger Stone, Leader of Rotherham Borough Council, said: "This is a major milestone in the work around the Advanced Manufacturing Park and in the regeneration of Rotherham.

"Having Rolls Royce based here not only brings new jobs but will help our work regionally, nationally and internationally to show that Rotherham can offer the right location with the right local skills base to meet the needs of internationally-renowned companies."

The facility will deliver a step change in the methods used to cast Advanced Single Crystal Turbine Blades and will be focused on the production of high and intermediate Pressure Turbine Blade Castings for large Civil Trent Engines. The advanced blades casting factory, designed by Sheffield architects' practice Bond Bryan, will be around 153,000 sq ft (14,000 sq m) in size.  

Construction is expected to be completed next year and the first components will be delivered in 2014.

Eventual production at the factory will see the manufacture of turbine blades for Rolls-Royce's high-thrust engines, and initially involve 180 employees, working to a two shift pattern.

This is one of three Rolls-Royce facilities eventually planned for the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP. In addition to the blades casting facility Rolls-Royce has identified locations at the AMP for a factory to manufacture, assemble and test components for the proposed next generation of civil nuclear power stations, and a third, smaller factory which could house one of Rolls-Royce's suppliers. Together the facilities are expected to support about 360 skilled jobs.

The developments will increase the involvement of Rolls-Royce with the AMP. The AMP Technology Centre houses a Rolls-Royce research and development facility, while the business is a partner in the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, has the title name at the AMRC's Rolls Royce Factory of the Future and is a partner in the Nuclear AMRC.

Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development at Rotherham Council adds; "Rolls Royce has shown a major commitment to Rotherham and the wider region and it's great that we have been in the position to offer them such a fantastic opportunity through the Advanced Manufacturing Park. The AMP is leading the way in manufacturing technology and having companies here like Rolls Royce means that position is secured for years to come."

The Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) is the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing technology park, providing world-class advanced manufacturing technology solutions to ensure repetitive advantage for industry.

The AMP offers a full range of property and development opportunities, from small office and workshop space, through medium-sized hybrid & light industrial units, to larger custom-built Design & Build options.