Rolls-Royce Expands US Capability; Begins Construction on New Manufacturing Facility in Virginia

Crosspointe is the first Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility built from-the-ground-up in the US. Located on over 1,000 acres, it is the largest Rolls-Royce site by area in North America.

At Crosspointe, Rolls-Royce will manufacture, assemble and test a range of aerospace components and products. The first building on site will be a 140,000 square foot disc manufacturing facility. Discs, the part of a turbofan engine that contains the blades, are considered one of the most critical components of the engine. Discs manufactured at Crosspointe will be used in some of the company’s newest civil aerospace products - the Trent 1000, Trent 900 and Trent XWB - optimized for the Boeing 787, Airbus A380 and A350 XWB respectively. Disc production at Crosspointe will begin as soon as the site is operational, currently expected in early 2011.

Plans are also proceeding for the second building on site, a blisk manufacturing facility. Blisks, or bladed discs, incorporating fan blades and discs into a single piece, are designed for use in the next generation of gas turbine engines. Blisks manufactured at Crosspointe will be used in the F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, the world’s largest ever fighter program.

“For us, Crosspointe is about growth -- about positioning for the future. With this new campus in the US, we are spreading our capability around the world, getting closer to our customers, growing our presence in key markets and strengthening our ability to manage business continuity risk,” added Guyette.

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