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Rolls-Royce reveals plans for Hucknall site

Rolls-Royce is proposing to increase the scope of ITP Aero’s (currently wholly-owned by Rolls-Royce) logistics activity, engineering and manufacturing capabilities included in its ongoing review of its Civil Aerospace facility footprint.

The company is planning to transfer its facility and workforce in Hucknall into ITP Aero. Rolls-Royce says that Hucknall, which manufactures a range of aero-engine parts, brings ITP Aero new capabilities and become a vital part of the enlarged business, assisting to secure the future of the site and as a part of ITP Aero, the site will have the possibility to unlock new growth and investment opportunities.

Rolls-Royce is also proposing to consolidate the output of aero-engine structures into ITP Aero. The company said: “Due to the significant reduction in global interest in our products and services from commercial aviation customers, that is forecast to last many years, we must reduce our manufacturing capacity and price base in order to protect our remaining workforce.

“ITP Aero, currently undergoing its very own restructuring, offers a more cost competitive option than our existing structures facility in Barnoldswick, UK. We're commencing consultation on a proposal to close the structures facility on the site. While this will be hugely upsetting news for the colleagues in Barnoldswick, this does not mean we're closing our Barnoldswick site.

“Barnoldswick will be the home of a product development and tech support team centre for wide chord fan blades and then manufacture blades for a selection of Defence and Civil Aerospace applications.”

Rolls-Royce has also informed colleagues in Inchinnan, Scotland, that because of the continued reduction in demand for aero-engine shafts, n't i longer has the workload to maintain production in multiple locations and is therefore proposing to consolidate their manufacture, most of which was previously carried out in Inchinnan, into Rolls-Royce’s Derby site.

The company is also planning to sell the ITP Aero Business. Rolls-Royce said: “ITP Aero is a key partner for Rolls-Royce and we will retain a long-term relationship using the business – including the operations we are today proposing to place there – across our Civil Aerospace and Defence programmes. ITP Aero works with other large commercial and business aviation engine manufacturers along with a disposal could unlock new growth and investment opportunities, including by enabling it to draw in further work from organizations.”

The firm noted that the impact on jobs across the business as a result of these announcements is included inside the figure of at least 9,000, across Rolls-Royce, announced in its restructuring of 20 May 2021.

Chris Cholerton, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “Forever of the pandemic we have taken swift action to protect our business by both reducing our spending and costs, and by raising additional funds. But despite the prospect that business will ultimately return to normal, sparked by recent news of vaccines, the pandemic has created a once-in-a-generation shock to the whole of commercial aviation and it is going to take years to recover. By completing the restructuring of our Civil Aerospace business we can emerge like a stronger, more efficient and sustainable business able to tackle some of the world’s toughest technological challenges.”

“The proposals we are laying out today will provide a chance for our workforce in Hucknall to benefit from being part of an enlarged global aerospace leader that can compete for business along with other engine manufacturers. But I realize that the announcement will be hugely upsetting for the colleagues in Barnoldswick. This is a very hard proposal to make, but we can't afford to retain every Rolls-Royce factory which was supported by demand that has been dramatically reduced by the pandemic. No government support scheme can replace sustainable customer demand and no government can sign-up to extending the sort of short-term measures we have been very grateful for, over multiple years.”

“The impact and pain of the pandemic on Civil Aerospace isn't just being felt by our colleagues in the united kingdom. We have already announced proposals to unfortunately reduce our Civil Aerospace workforce in Germany by almost one fourth due to the reduction in demand from customers, during Singapore several hundred jobs have been impacted included in our global restructuring and we're consolidating the assembly and testing of our widebody engines into the UK. We've also announced the closure of a whole Civil Aerospace manufacturing site in america, which is less than a decade old, and the work it used to carry out will be done in the UK.”

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