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Rolls-Royce to invest £150m in East Midland sites and safeguard 7,000 UK jobs

Posted on: Jun 29th

Engine maker Rolls-Royce are investing £150m in UK aerospace facilities in a move that will safeguard more than 7,000 jobs.

The majority of which will be at its historic Derby site, to support the planned doubling of engine production and its record order book.

The announcement was welcomed by the Government amid fears that some companies are putting off decisions due to Brexit uncertainty.

Most of the cash will be spent creating a new facility for the testing of large civil aero engines in Derby. The new testbed will be capable of testing a range of engines including the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB and is the world’s fastest-selling civil large engine with over 1,600 on order from 45 customers in 31 countries.

The company have agreed workers can help train new staff who will be based in Germany and elsewhere, in return for a guarantee, covering 7,000 East Midlands-based employees, of no compulsory redundancies over the next five years.

“This investment comes at a time of unprecedented growth in Rolls-Royce,” said Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce’s president – civil aerospace.

“We are doubling the production of new engines at the same time as introducing three new engines to the market.

“With this investment, we are creating the capacity and flexibility to deliver on our goals, while committing to sustain employment in the UK and I would like to thank the unions for their support in delivering this important package of investment.”

The £150m commitment has been welcomed by business secretary Greg Clark who said the move “underpins the critical role the UK plays within the global aerospace sector”.

“The UK and Rolls-Royce are known throughout the world as pioneers of advanced engineering technology. I welcome the confidence the company is showing in the UK,” he added.

“This is just the type of investment our modern Industrial Strategy is looking to attract. These new facilities are good news for Rolls-Royce, its UK suppliers and our economy.”

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