Rolls-Royce said yesterday that it planned to relocate outdoor engine testing from its Hucknall site near Nottingham, UK by the end of 2007.
The company’s preferred alternative is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) John C Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi.
Ongoing noise measurement testing on the Trent 900 for the A380, followed by similar, specialist testing on the Trent 1000, being developed to power the Boeing 787, is scheduled to begin in Mississippi by the second half of 2007. Rolls-Royce plans to invest around £20 million in new test beds and upgrades to facilities at the NASA base.
Rolls-Royce said in a statement that the 30 employees currently involved in engine testing at Hucknall have been offered redeployment or have accepted severance terms.
Rolls-Royce added that Hucknall will remain as the main location for the production of combustor system components. A new £29 million manufacturing plant employing 300 people will be fully operational there by the end of this year.