Rolls-Royce extends its reach

Rolls-Royce is expanding its global network for technology research with the establishment of the new collaborative Rolls-Royce Singapore Advanced Technology Centre.

An agreement signed in Singapore yesterday will lead to Rolls-Royce working with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and its Research Institutes on a broad portfolio of technology challenges. It initially covers a period of five years through to 2009, but may be extended beyond this on a renewable basis. Rolls-Royce funding for projects will build to around S$10 million (£3 million) annually.

“The Rolls-Royce Singapore Advanced Technology Centre builds on our best practice for collaborative working with universities and government institutes in the UK, in Europe and globally, and recognises the breadth of technical expertise and industrial focus available in the A*STAR institutes here in Singapore,” said Dr Mike Howse, Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering and Technology.

Rolls-Royce has founded 24 University Technology Centres (UTCs) since 1990 in the UK, Germany, US, Sweden and Italy. Existing centres focus on specific technical topics as varied as high-temperature materials, vibration, hydrodynamics, fuel cells and noise.

The Rolls-Royce Singapore Advanced Technology Centre will operate on a ‘virtual’ basis, with no central base but much of the work being allocated to specific A*STAR institutes, and some being managed across institutes or undertaken in Rolls-Royce facilities.

Initial projects will focus on work already under way within the institutes involving high-performance computing for aerodynamic design, materials science, and modelling for fuel cells. Further projects are anticipated in the area of manufacturing systems and automation.

Rolls-Royce will employ a small number of additional employees in Singapore in technical project management roles as a result of the agreement.

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