Rolls-Royce has confirmed plans to expand its car manufacturing plant at Goodwood, Leicester, adding a second assembly line within the existing footprint of the building in 2008.
The new line will run alongside the existing one, with one producing Phantom models and the other building the new model series. A second working shift will be introduced in 2009.
The additional line will require the relocation of some departments, including the leather shop. Both the wood and leather shops will undergo significant expansion, allowing for the installation of advanced equipment, including an automated wood lacquering system.
Paint facilities are being expanded and developed and 24 hour working will be introduced for some specialist areas. A new handling system for the bodies and new paint application technology will be installed too.
Rolls-Royce has also started to expand its workforce, and aims to take on several hundred more staff at Goodwood over the next two years, predominantly in the production and manufacturing support areas of the business. The company is taking in its second intake of apprentices this year and has launched a new graduate training scheme.