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August 12, 2021

Rolls-Royce completes $600m revamp of Indianapolis site

The six-year programme involved modernising the capabilities to create an advanced manufacturing campus.

Rolls-Royce North America has completed a $600m modernisation programme at its Indianapolis campus in the US state of Indiana.

The six-year programme involved upgrading the facilities at the site and enhancing manufacturing capabilities at the Rolls-Royce Indianapolis Operations Center.

The modernisation will also improve energy efficiency, aligned with Rolls-Royce’s plans to achieve net-zero emissions in operations by 2030.

Rolls-Royce Defense Global Manufacturing, Assembly and Test executive vice-president Phil Burkholder said: “Rolls-Royce Indianapolis facilities feature brand-new advanced manufacturing equipment, new and efficient processes, increased flexibility in operations, and have enhanced our ability to pivot to the future in a highly efficient manner.

“The new facilities also elevate digital engineering and robotics capabilities to maximise operations throughout the manufacturing campus. We look forward to delivering the benefits of these improvements to our customers every day.”

According to the Rolls-Royce website, Indianapolis hosts four businesses, namely Defense, LibertyWorks, Civil Small & Medium Engines, Marine and Helicopters. The site employs more than 4,000 employees.

Indianapolis manufactures engines and components for the C-130J Super Hercules, V-22 Osprey, E-2 Hawkeye, Global Hawk and Triton, F-35B Lightning II and other military aircraft among other works.

Under the revitalisation programme, three primary operations buildings called Excellence, Performance and Victory were upgraded with new equipment and technology.

Some buildings dating back to 1942 were also removed.

Rolls-Royce now plans to add new test capabilities at the site to support military engine production.

Rolls-Royce North America chairman and CEO Tom Bell said: “Rolls-Royce has been innovating in Indianapolis for decades to serve our customers.

“Now, we take a major technological leap into the future with facilities that are among the most advanced and efficient of any Rolls-Royce site, anywhere in the world.”

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