Fellowship Type, Sector based Fellowships, Industry Sector, Manufacturing | August 2017

Chris Matheson MP Visits Rolls-Royce

Chris Matheson, MP for City of Chester and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Aerospace, visited the Rolls-Royce site in Derby on Thursday 24 August as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship* exploring the aviation industry within the UK.

Derby is Rolls-Royce’s largest site employing more than 14,000 people with a focus on civil aerospace and nuclear. Rolls-Royce recently announced a £150m investment in new and existing civil aerospace facilities in the UK to support the planned doubling of engine production and deliver on their civil aerospace order book. The new testbed will be capable of testing a range of engines including the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB and is the world’s fastest selling civil large engine with over 1,600 on order from 45 customers in 31 countries.

During the visit, Chris was taken on a site tour where he was able to see first-hand the next generation technologies and manufacturing techniques which Rolls-Royce are utilising in engine production. Chris was also shown around the Apprenticeship Academy and had the opportunity to discuss careers with apprentices. 

Chris’ IPT Fellowship is helping him to gain a greater understanding of the aviation and airspace industry within the UK in order to aide him in his role as Chair of the APPG on Aerospace.

Commenting on the visit Chris Matheson MP said:

“I had a fantastic time at Rolls-Royce today and I am extremely grateful to all the staff who made this visit possible. Rolls-Royce is at the forefront of the aerospace manufacturing in the UK and it was fascinating to learn more about the investment in R&D and new technologies in order to make the production process as efficient as possible. As well as meet apprentices who will be working on the next generation of engines.”

Kate Roscoe, Government Relations Manager at Rolls-Royce added:

“We were delighted to host Chris in Derby today. We know Chris has a passion for aerospace and aviation and it was fantastic to show him some of the new technologies we are investing in, and I am pleased that he was able to meet some of our staff and apprentices who work at Derby and are at the forefront of the business.”


Notes to Editors

*IPT Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.

About Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.