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Rolls-Royce for Building Capabilities in Wide-body Aircraft Market in India

In a recent interview Mr Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India & South Asia speaking on the recent developments on the Rolls Royce Civil Aero Engines sector said that his company can offer India the right combination of experience and new technologies to contribute towards building capabilities in the wide-bodied aircraft market for India. Here are the excerpts of the interview:

 Looking back, how was the year 2015 for Rolls-Royce in India? What will be the way forward strategy in the country?

Last year, in view of the growth prospects in India, we expanded our engineering capability in Bangalore. This will enable us to be closer to our customers and allow us to take advantage of new business opportunities, as well as maintaining our competitiveness in the market. We are already leveraging the vast engineering talent pool and playing a leading role in the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. In terms of design, development and supply chain capability, this new engineering centre will recruit 500 people by 2017. These people will undertake aerospace engineering for customers in the region as well as support for Rolls-Royce’s regional supplier base. In addition, more than 1300 engineers, through our partnership with QuEST& TCS, work at Rolls-Royce managed engineering centres in Bengaluru. In terms of manufacturing, International Aerospace Manufacturing Pvt Ltd (IAMPL) is now at full production employing over 120 people for a wide range of engine programs including the Trent XWB.

Today, India is one of the most important strategic growth markets for Rolls-Royce and we continue to build on our distinguished legacy and long-standing partnership. We have gradually moved beyond sales and licensed production to engineering services, supply chain and component manufacturing and play a strategically important role in the Group’s global operations.

Trent 1000 only Engine Optimised to Power Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft Family

The fifth generation of the Trent engine family, the Trent 1000 is the only engine optimised to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft. The Trent 1000 engine was selected as launch engine when the Boeing 787-8 aircraft entered service in 2011 and again when the 787-9 aircraft entered service in 2014. The Trent family’s unique 3 shaft design makes every Trent engine shorter, stiffer, lighter and more FOD (Foreign Object Damage) resistant than its equivalent 2 shaft engine.

This results in significantly less performance deterioration and delivers an additional fuel burn benefit of one per cent through life. To date, over 450 Trent 1000 powered Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft (firm & option) have been ordered by 27 customers. The Trent 1000 engine has won over 50 per cent market share in contested Boeing 787 engine competitions. Since its assembling, when in a competitive situation, the Trent 1000 has been chosen ahead of the competition 60 per cent of the time, and its popularity continues to grow.

As we grow our footprint in India, It is our strategic aim to continue to establish a cost-competitive presence in key growth markets, ensuring it has the right people, with the right capabilities and skills to deliver to customers.

 Does the Make in India vision and other such initiatives encourage investment from Rolls-Royce in India?

As compared to the last few years, we now see tremendous positivity for growth and progress. The ‘Make in India’ programme will further build on this momentum and push India towards greater heights. For companies like us, this has further created opportunities to contribute in the development and modernisation of India’s defence sector by offering world-class innovative products and services.

India’s defence budget allocation is estimated to touch $620 billion by 2022 as per FICCI. We see a huge potential in India and we will definitely leverage our strategic partnerships for pursuing future growth. The initiative to introduce a new category called Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) where it will be mandatory to source 40 per cent of the content locally will give a huge impetus to the defence sector. As India gets ready to move on its growth path, we will continue to support the country with our powerful portfolio of products and services and the right combination of experience and advanced technologies.

 What are the recent developments on the Rolls Royce Civil Aero Engines?

With a powerful portfolio of products, we believe that Rolls-Royce can offer India the right combination of experience and new technologies, to contribute towards building capabilities in the wide-bodied aircraft market for India. Globally, Rolls-Royce powers more than 30 types of commercial aircraft and has almost 13,000 engines in service around the world. We are the market leader with Trent engines, be it the Trent XWB, Trent 1000, Trent 900, Trent 500, Trent 800 or Trent 700, having a global presence. Rolls-Royce engines are widely used on the A380s, the A340s, the A350s and the B-787s.

The Advance engine design will offer at least 20 per cent less fuel burn and CO₂ emissions than the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine and could be ready for entry into service from 2020. Additionally, our UltraFan, a geared design with a variable pitch fan system, is based on technology that could be ready for service from 2025 and will offer at least 25 per cent less fuel and CO₂ emissions against the same baseline.

 How do you see the development of the Indian aerospace sector?

The Indian Aerospace industry is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world with all segments including, civil, defence and space showing significant growth potential. Initiatives from the Government and a refreshingly positive intent on effective governance and execution, has lent an air of positivity amongst Indian and global stakeholders. Further, the increase in FDI from 26 to 49 per cent and focused initiatives such as the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

This focus on indigenisation in the aerospace sector will drive the need to build an ecosystem covering the complete lifecycle of products. This is similar to the Indian automotive sector, which showcases the country’s strength in the manufacturing and engineering domain globally by building a thriving ecosystem of automotive OEMs and component suppliers.

However, sustainable indigenisation will work only when we are able to lay equal emphasis on high end capability (people, systems, processes, tools & methods) and access to technology and funds. These are crucial factors which drive quality which in turn assures product safety, which is at the heart of any aerospace product.

 What will Rolls-Royce be showcasing at the India Aviation Week 2016?

At India Aviation 2016, we will be highlighting our ‘Partnership with India – Past, Present and Future’ by showcasing our technologically advanced and innovative products. Rolls-Royce will be showcasing its Trent 1000 series of engine which delivers the best through life fuel burn performance, while still being the quietest and cleanest engine.