Rolls-Royce is to replace its existing factory at Hillington, near Glasgow, with a new 50,000 square metre facility in the West of Scotland. A number of sites are being considered and a choice will be made by the end of May.
This decision follows a review, announced last November, and will safeguard up to 1,000 jobs in the West of Scotland. Hillington is an old factory dating back to the 1940s and is in need of substantial investment.
According to Rolls-Royce, a new factory on a greenfield site will lead to a substantial reduction in overhead costs, improvements in productivity and will secure employment for the future.
Construction of the new facility will begin this summer and the project will take three years to complete. The transfer of the work from Hillington will begin in spring 2003 and will be completed by the summer of 2005. The total cost of the new factory and the transfer of work will be around £85 million.
Once the transition to the new factory has been completed, Rolls-Royce will leave the Hillington facility.