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The Singapore Air Show has seen key
milestones for the Roll-Royce Seletar
campus. In 2010, there was the ground
breaking, and at the last show in 2012,
there was the official opening. The facility is now up
and running, and by the time of the next air show in
2016, it will be set for a ramp up to around 250 Trent
engine deliveries a year, and will be producing 7,600
wide chord fan blades per annum.
The facility delivered its first production engine,
a Trent 900, in November 2012, 22 months after
the ground breaking. "It was on budget and on time,
despite the challenging timeframe. We were very
happy to achieve that," says Jonathan Asherson,
regional director, ASEAN and Pacific at Rolls-Royce.
Seletar also produces the fan blades for the Trent
900 that powers the Airbus A380, and the Trent
1000, that powers the Boeing 787. Later this year, it
will add production of fan blades for the Trent XWB
for the A350.
In terms of engine testing and assembly, in 2014
it will add the Trent 1000 to the Trent 900 that it
produces at the moment. Asherson says that the aim
is for Seletar to provide half the global production
capacity for large Trent aero engines and wide chord
fan blades for Rolls-Royce as the sister facility. The
engine manufacturer's established facility is in Derby
and Barnoldswick in the UK.
"It's to cater for growth," says Asherson. "Now
we produce Trent 900 fan blades for the A380 and
deliver them to the facility next door that assembles
the engines, tests them and sends them to Toulouse."
In 2013, its first full year, Seletar produced about
50 engines - about 20% of its eventual capacity. On
the fan blade side, it produced just over 2,000, or a
third of its capacity.
This was originally 6,000, but has already been
upped to a target of 7,600 fan blades in 2016. "7,600
wasn't in the original planning," Asherson points out.
This required additional investment in equipment, but
no actual increase in space requirements.
The current site is capable of expansion to an
annual capacity of 9,000 fan blades, says Asherson,
but adds that no decision on this has been made yet.
"We've planned for it, but it depends on demand.
We expect to have to increase capacity globally,
but there are no concrete plans. 7,600 wasn't in the
original planning - and a second decision like that is
likely to come. It's a nice challenge to have."
The Seletar Campus has a test cell capable of
handling engines of up to 140" fan diameter and
150,000lb of thrust. "It's been future-proofed,"
The OEM's joint venture Singapore Aero Engine
Services Limited (SAESL), with Singapore Airlines
Engineering Company and Hong Kong Aero Engine
Services Limited, a Trent Centre of Excellence
specialising in the repair and overhaul of all types of
Rolls-Royce Trent aero engines, is also in the process
of completing its own test cell later this year "From
a business continuity perspective, it's very good that
you now have two test facilities for the same engines
in Singapore. It's good for de-risking," says Asherson.
The Seletar campus recently carried out its first
test of an MRO engine, gaining certification for
transporting engines between the two sites.
The other advantage of the presence of SAESL
is available expertise. "The experience gained in the
joint venture has been very helpful as we've been
ramping up and building up," says Asherson.
At the end of 2013 there were 680 people
employed on the Seletar Campus, which as
well as the manufacturing site and the test and
assembly site, also has a building called "The Hub"
located between the two. This houses a number of
activities, including corporate shared services, a
Regional Training Centre and the OEM's Advanced
Once operating at full capacity, the Seletar
Campus will employ around a 1,000 people, out of
a total of over 2,500 (including JV partners) across
all four Rolls-Royce divisions in Singapore (its marine
division has its global headquarters for the Merchant
Marine business in the City State, and it also has
a Regional headquarters for its Energy business). It
has two joint ventures with SIAEC in the aerospace
sector -- SAESL, which does maintenance, repair
and overhaul of the Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine
family and International Engine Component Overhaul
(IECO), which specializes in the repair and overhaul
of specific Trent aero engine components.
The Seletar campus is already attracting others
in the supply chain, Asherson notes. For example,
RLC Engineering Group, which supplies titanium
sheets, has recently commissioned its own facility
in Seletar to deliver what are very high value parts.
Rolls-Royce has given Singapore a massive
vote of con dence as the City State plays
an increasingly important role for the
engine OEM, writes Colin Baker
"Fan blade manufacturing is a skill in
its own right - but you need the basic
training and skills"
regional director ASEAN and Pacific, Rolls-Royce
Seletar engine assembly
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