New QuEST for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has established a wholly-owned subsidiary in India to manage the growing volume of engineering work that it is sub-contracting in the country.

According to a statement, Bangalore-based Rolls-Royce Operations India will help the Group meet a need for greater engineering capacity over a range of its new programmes. It will enable Rolls-Royce to take advantage of the capability that exists in India to develop affordable aero-engineering solutions, including engineering analysis and design capability.

The new subsidiary will direct engineering work packages to Quality Engineering and Software Technologies (QuEST), a provider of global product development solutions based in Bangalore.

Following a successful 18-month pilot programme with QuEST, Rolls-Royce has now gained first-hand experience of the operational, commercial, financial and cultural requirements for successfully sub-contracting engineering work to India.

In March 2005, a Rolls-Royce Centre was established in QuEST’s Bangalore facilities and the volume of work has built up to require 100 locally-employed engineers. There are plans to double this number by early 2007. The Rolls-Royce Centre became fully operational in October 2005.