Rolls-Royce and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), today, commenced construction of a new manufacturing facility in Bangalore. This state-of-the-art facility is owned by International Aerospace Manufacturing Pvt Ltd (IAMPL) a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and HAL, formed in 2010.
This 7,200 m2 purpose-built production facility will produce components, for the technologically advanced Trent family of civil aero engines, as well as for a number of marine and energy gas turbines.
Located near the HAL airport, the facility will start production in 2012. IAMPL will incorporate the latest Rolls-Royce manufacturing techniques and will create job opportunities for highly skilled technicians and engineers in India.
Commenting on the ground-breaking occasion, Mr. P.V. Deshmukh, Chairman HAL said: "Rolls-Royce and HAL have been strategic partners since 1956 when HAL started producing the Orpheus engine under licence. As a result of our strong collaboration we have progressively contributed to the development of the Indian aerospace industry. This ground-breaking event marks a milestone in the relationship between both our companies that will extend, well into the future."
Anil Shrikhande, Rolls-Royce, President-India said, "This new manufacturing facility demonstrates our commitment to the long-standing partnership with HAL. We plan to develop IAMPL as a centre of excellence, with the latest manufacturing techniques and training programmes. IAMPL furthers our common objective of enhancing high value-added manufacturing in India and will also contribute to the country's growing aerospace and technology industry."
Rolls-Royce has a significant presence in India stretching back 79 years and now has more than 1300 engines in service, across four global market sectors – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy – all well represented in the country.
Rolls-Royce has about 200 employees in India and 650 engineers work on a subcontract basis in engineering centres in Bangalore.