Cornerstone ceremony celebrates the construction of the new Aero Gearbox International plant in Podkarpackie

Aero Gearbox International, a company established jointly by Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran), has started a construction project for its new plant in Ropczyce (Podkarpackie, south-east Poland region). This new facility will produce and support accessory drive trains for all of Rolls-Royce's future civil aircraft engines. It will offer more than 100 jobs to the local employment market.

The cornerstone ceremony for the new plant was held on 31 March 2016 in presence of Marshal of Podkarpackie Province Władysław Ortyl, Alan Davies, Managing Director of Aero Gearbox International Poland and Aero Gearbox International Management Board. Completion of the construction work is planned by end of October this year, with production starting in November the same year.

Drawing on the experience of the Hispano-Suiza Polska facility located in Sedziszow Malopolski, the parent companies took the decision to locate the new plant in Podkarpackie region as this province of Poland is the home for one of Europe's most flourishing industrial clusters embracing more than 100 manufacturers of aircraft components.

Etienne Boisseau, CEO of Aero Gearbox International, said: "We are really proud of the opportunity to develop our undertaking in a region with such an outstanding aviation industry tradition. The people we met here demonstrated specialist abilities and a great passion for aviation. I believe that jointly — combining knowledge and craftsmanship of our current and future employees with our leading technologies — we will achieve unrivalled mastery in production and overhaul of power transmission systems".

Aero Gearbox International, as a company delivering hi-tech products, is looking for specialists holding qualifications as process engineers, software developers, machine operators, planners, and logisticians etc.

Aero Gearbox International has been set up as an entity dealing with the design, development and production of accessory drive trains (ADT) for all new generation aircraft engines manufactured by Rolls-Royce for civil airplanes. Accessory drive trains, sometimes referred to as accessory gearboxes, are a critical component of a gas turbine engine, harnessing its power to drive systems and accessories such as fuel pumps, hydraulic pumps and electrical generators.

 

Rolls-Royce's vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. Operating across five businesses - Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems - Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries. These , comprise 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 in 2015, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £76.4 billion at the end of 2015. For more information: www.rolls-royce.com

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Hispano-Suiza (Safran) is a globally-recognized specialist in power transmissions on civil, military and helicopter markets. Hispano-Suiza designs, develops, produces and supports power transmission systems which deliver mechanical energy to engine accessories or aircraft systems. It is the world's leading supplier of engine power transmissions, with a market share of nearly 60% of all mainline jets (over 100 seats) and an installed base covering more than 30,000 engines worldwide. Hispano-Suiza invests heavily in R&D to develop innovative power transmission systems for tomorrow's engines, including the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB and CFM International LEAP. For more information: www.hispano-suiza-sa.com