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Rolls Royce organises consultation event for proposed AMP based facilities

posted 6 Apr 2011, 07:07 by RiDO Rotherham
A public consultation event organised by Rolls Royce for local residents and neighbouring businesses has taken place at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

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 has chosen the AMP in Rotherham, as its favoured location for two of these factories; one an advanced casting facility for manufacturing aero engine turbine blades, and the other specialising in the manufacture of large 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.

Rolls-Royce expects to submit a planning application for their proposals to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council later this year.  Before submitting the planning application, Rolls-Royce wished to consult with local residents on the proposals, enabling the Company to explain the proposal and to answer any questions that residents may have.

Tim O’Connell, Business Development Manager, Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO), welcomed the news;

"We are pleased that Rolls Royce are considering the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) for their proposed facilities, and look forward to receiving their planning application at the appropriate time. Rotherham has a long, and continuing history of been home to leading advanced manufacturing and engineering companies, and it is great that a world-class company such as Rolls Royce recognises the benefits of locating some of their manufacturing facilities into the borough." 

Thea Stein, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Forward, added; 

“It was always envisaged by Yorkshire Forward that the AMP would become the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing technology park, providing world-class advanced manufacturing technology solutions and attracting globally significant research and manufacturing organisations. This has largely already been achieved during the past ten years, but the addition of the proposed Rolls Royce facilities at the AMP will further cement its reputation and ensure Yorkshire and Humber is at the forefront of the world’s precision manufacturing industries.”