Rolls-Royce Deutschland starts assembly of the V2500 engine

Indianapolis (ROLLS ROYCE) - Today, in the presence of the Minister-President of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, and the Minister of Economic Affairs of Brandenburg, Ulrich Junghanns, Rolls-Royce Deutschland officially opened the production line for the IAE V2500 engine. Axel Arendt, President Defence Aerospace of Rolls-Royce and Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland, formally handed over the first V2500 engine to be built in Dahlewitz to Mark King, President and CEO of IAE International Aero Engines.

With the relocation of V2500 production from Derby in the UK to Brandenburg, responsibility for one of the most successful engine programmes in the world now lies in the hands of Rolls-Royce Deutschland. In future Dahlewitz will produce180 V2500 engines per year, as a result of which the number of engine deliveries will virtually double.

Recent decisions mean that Rolls-Royce Deutschland’s workforce in Germany will number around 2,450 by the end of 2006 – 600 more than only two years ago. On top of this, another 240 jobs have been created among subcontractors as a consequence of this upswing. A further 500 jobs will be created through the founding of the Rolls-Royce/Lufthansa N3 Engine Overhaul Services joint venture in Thuringia.

Altogether Rolls-Royce is creating either directly or indirectly around 1,400 new, highly skilled jobs in Germany. This is unequivocal proof of the confidence that the Rolls-Royce Group has in Germany as a business location. Rolls-Royce is investing eight million euros on modification of the infrastructure and staff training for the V2500 engine programme transfer.

Commenting on the occasion, Axel Arendt, President Defence Aerospace of Rolls-Royce and Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland, said, "We are backing Germany as a business location because the prerequisites for financial success such as high staff motivation, high quality and reliability of work, high management qualities are available here in Germany and as a result productivity is first-class. It is these features combined with the fantastic support that we have enjoyed and continue to enjoy at the municipal and regional level and also at the level of the German government, that enable us to fulfil our company’s aspirations of accomplishing the very best at all our sites by also meeting our high standards in Germany."

Minister-President Matthias Platzeck welcomed the Rolls-Royce Group's decision to concentrate the entire internal value added chain for the V2500 engine programme in Dahlewitz, Brandenburg and referred to the new, highly skilled jobs that will be created in the region as a result.

He added, "The endeavours of politicians to get leading companies to make investment decisions are successful when the framework conditions are right. Over the last few years and with the support of the regional government, Brandenburg has been transformed into one of Europe’s leading centres of competence in aerospace technology. Moreover, Rolls-Royce is showing emphatically that the regional government is following the trend with its new support strategy."

As the first V2500 engine to be built in Dahlewitz was unveiled, Mark King, President and CEO of IAE, declared, "It gives us great pleasure to be opening our IAE office and starting V2500 production in Dahlewitz, the Rolls-Royce centre of competence for twin-shaft engines. This is not the first time that the Dahlewitz team, which is well-known for its efficiency, has successfully coped with the transfer of an engine programme, achieving what from the customer's perspective is a totally seamless transition. The foundation of the IAE Engineering Centre in Dahlewitz will have the effect of significantly boosting IAE's already considerable operational activities in Germany which, on top of component production, engine maintenance and overhaul at MTU Aero Engines, will now additionally include final assembly and testing of the V2500 engine at Rolls-Royce Deutschland."

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