By THE NATION
The expansion follows the signing of a 10-year contract between Rolls-Royce and Senior Aerospace Thailand to supply a range of aerofoils for the Trent XWB engine, which powers the Airbus A350.
Rolls-Royce executive Hugh Vanijprabha, managing director for Thailand, joined executives from Senior Aerospace and key executives from partners and customers at the opening ceremony.
“We congratulate Senior Aerospace Thailand on its expanded facility and look forward to continuing our long-term relationship,” he said.
“Southeast Asia is an important region for Rolls-Royce as a strategic base and business opportunity. As the civil aerospace market grows globally, our strategy is to create strong regional aerospace supply chains. Southeast Asia, for example, has the potential to be a supply hub for our manufacturing operations in Singapore.
“There is strong potential for new supply-chain opportunities in Thailand given its existing aerospace ecosystem, and Senior Aerospace is proof of this. It is great to see our long-term supply partners like Senior Aerospace establishing and growing their presence here. It’s a testament to the efforts of Thailand to nurture opportunities to expand its aircraft-parts-production and aircraft-maintenance industry.”
Rolls-Royce Holdings operates across five businesses: civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine, nuclear, and power systems.
The company has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
Annual underlying revenue was 13.4 billion pounds (Bt658 billion) in 2015, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at 76.4 billion pounds at the end of 2015.
In 2015, Rolls-Royce invested 1.2 billion pounds on research and development. It also supports a global network of 31 University Technology Centres.
Rolls-Royce employs more than 50,000 people in more than 46 countries. Nearly 15,700 of these are engineers. The group says it has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to developing employee skills. In 2015 it employed 228 graduates and 277 apprentices through its worldwide training programmes.