Manufacturing park plans

Rolls-Royce has submitted the planning application for its proposed new facilities at the Advanced Manufacturing Park between Sheffield and Rotherham.

One factory, dubbed the Advanced Blade Casting Facility, would make turbine blades used in the high-power compressor within a jet engine, where temperatures reach more than 1,900°C, whilst the second factory – to be called Project PoWer – likely to be built at the same time, would be dedicated to making safety-critical components for power stations.

The projects are initially planned to employ approximately 350 people on opening. A third, smaller factory is also proposed, which could house one of Rolls-Royce’s suppliers.

In 2009 Rolls-Royce announced plans to extend its UK manufacturing capability by building new, modern advanced manufacturing facilities. Following a nationwide assessment of suitable sites, Rolls-Royce chose the AMP as its favoured location for these two factories.

The planned developments would significantly increase the involvement of Rolls-Royce with the AMP. There are already strong links as the AMP Technology Centre houses a Rolls-Royce R&D facility which is developing a paradigm-shift technology for the creation of simple and specialised aerospace fixtures, tooling and test rigs.