December 19, 2014
Rolls-Royce commits to Derby as production hub for the Trent XWB
Rolls-Royce announced that Derby will be the production centre for the Trent XWB. The Trent XWB is the most efficient large aero engine with more than 1,500 engines sold to 40 customers to date. It is the sole power plant available for the Airbus A350 XWB. Rolls-Royce has invested around £30m expanding its Derby Assembly & Test Facility and installing new equipment, in order to meet customer demand for the engine. Over the next three to four years, Trent XWB production will grow to over 300 engines a year – the equivalent of one every working day – and will stay at that level for several years. The majority of these engines will be built in Derby. The engine is expected to be in service for many years, creating an annuity of aftermarket services that will generate revenues for decades to come. Almost ten years ago, Rolls-Royce made its commitment to Airbus that it would develop a new engine for its latest wide-body aircraft. Work on the engine began in 2006 and it is ready to power the first A350 XWB aircraft to be delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways later this month.