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Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company confirm partnership in Abu Dhabi aerospace hub

14 July 2016
Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company confirm partnership in Abu Dhabi aerospace hub

Farnborough, United Kingdom – Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development organisation, have announced further details of a new Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) in the Emirate and confirmed plans for a manufacturing facility that will produce aero engine components.

Rolls-Royce is committed to developing a competitive, capable and flexible Trent Service Network to support the growing number of Trent engines that will enter service as Rolls-Royce increases its installed base to more than 50 per cent of the widebody passenger market. This will be the second AMC in which Rolls-Royce does not hold an equity stake. The first, Delta TechOps, was announced in October 2015.

Mubadala will create a purpose-built facility that will carry out work on the Trent XWB, the world's most efficient aero engine that powers the Airbus A350 XWB. The Middle East region is forecast to have one of the world’s largest concentrations of Trent XWB engines with more than 20 per cent of the 1,600 sold to date, due to be operated by airlines in the region, including the 62 A350s to be operated by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

Rolls-Royce is also creating a world-class, competitive global supply chain within growth regions and key strategic markets and which gives the flexibility required as Rolls-Royce increases engine production. To support those developments, Mubadala will open a new manufacturing center that will deliver parts for the Trent engine family, including the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB. This new manufacturing center will complement the existing disc manufacturing investment that Rolls-Royce has previously made in Washington, UK and Crosspointe, US.

The announcement, made at the Farnborough Airshow, follows the Strategic Framework Agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow in November 2013 to establish the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a key member of Rolls-Royce's global network for maintenance and manufacturing.

Homaid Al Shimmari, Mubadala, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services, said: “The creation of a new Approved Maintenance Center and an engine component manufacturing facility are both key milestones in the creation of a leading global aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi, further driving economic diversification.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We’re pleased to work with Mubadala as it creates a global aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi. The creation of a new Trent XWB Approved Maintenance Center, alongside manufacturing capability in the UAE, further demonstrates our commitment to this region, which is now so critical to the growth of our business.”

The AMC will service up to 150 engines a year in a new facility located at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, which is expected to be operational in 2021. The AMC agreement will be finalised in the second half of 2016, and construction of the AMC facility is expected to begin as early as 2017. .

The manufacturing center at the same site will produce discs for the Trent XWB, with capability to make similar parts for other Trent engine types. It is expected to start operations in 2018. Rolls-Royce and Mubadala have also reached agreements to enter into a number of manufacturing development projects to support Mubadala’s goal to become a Tier 1 aerospace industry supplier.