Rather than divide its production capacity between Singapore and the UK across all Trent engine types, Rolls-Royce makes all its Trent 900s in Singapore and plans to have all its Trent 1000s made here too. The Trent 900 powers the Airbus A380 and the Trent 1000 the Boeing 787.
At the moment, Trent 1000s are made in Derby, UK, but by midyear the Singapore facility will also start making Trent 1000s, says a Rolls-Royce spokesman. About 45% of the engines that Rolls-Royce Singapore will deliver this year will be Trent 1000s, he says.
Rolls-Royce regional director for Southeast Asia Jonathan Asherson says the plan is to eventually shift all Trent 1000 manufacturing to Singapore. The factory in Singapore has capacity to make 250 engines per year, across various types, and the Rolls-Royce spokesman says, “We are on course to ramp up to full capacity by early 2016.”
The Derby facility, however, will continue to be busy, because it will be manufacturing the Trent WXB that powers the Airbus A350. Derby will also continue to manufacture Trent 700s, the engine that powers the Airbus A330, an aircraft that continues to sell well.
The A330 has a large order backlog, and Asherson says the Trent 700 has been chosen for 75% of those aircraft.
Rolls-Royce manufactures its engines in Singapore at a purpose-built facility at Seletar Aerospace Park.
The facility opened two years ago, during the previous Singapore Airshow. As of the end of 2013 it has delivered “a little over 50” Trent 900 engines,” says the Rolls-Royce spokesman.
The Rolls-Royce facility also has a factory that makes fan blades for the Trent 900 and Trent 1000. As of the end of last year, it had made more than 2,000 fan blades, says the spokesman. The fan blade factory is running at 50% capacity now, and in this year’s second quarter it will start making Trent XWB fan blades, he says. It is on track to reach total of production of 6,000 blades per annum in 2015 and aims to further increase its capacity, so that it can produce 7,600 blades per annum in 2016 if need be, adds the spokesman.
Asherson says this factory already makes all the fan blades for the Trent 900 and will eventually fabricate all the fan blades for the Trent 1000, but only some of the Trent XWB blades.